JUAB COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – An explosion lights up the night in Juab County as officials carry out a controlled detonation of 11 rail tankers after Saturday’s train derailment.
According to a Facebook post from the Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the controlled detonation was carried out at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, near U.S. Highway 6 and mile marker 124.
It was on Saturday that 24 cars of a 165 car train went off the tracks in a remote area west of Highway 6 between Silver City and Jericho. (See the original story by clicking here.)
The sheriff’s office says this was determined to be the safest way to mitigate the volatility of the rail cars that were carrying Propane and Bio-Diesel. In total, 9 of the derailed rail tankers were carrying Propane and 2 of them were carrying Bio-Diesel.
The detonation, which was performed by an expert on site, resulted in a loud explosion, and as you can see from the pictures, it was followed by a large fire ball.
Juab County says fire crews will remain onsite throughout the night while the Propane and Bio-Diesel burn off. The county says it anticipates “several more days of cleanup.“