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Rail Car Gas Leak Causes Evacuations In New Jersey

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    A massive propane leak forced Swedesboro residents to evacuate on Thursday. Officials were able to contain the leak after a few hours.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    Swedesboro residents were evacuated on Thursday while propane gas leaked from a rail car in an industrial park, sending a plume of gas into the air.

    Gloucester County spokeswoman Debra Sellitto says a valve stem on top of the tanker car failed and started leaking Thursday in Pureland Industrial Park in Logan Township. The car can carry up to 30,000 gallons, but Sellitto didnt know how much propane was in it or how much had leaked.

    The leak was contained before 3:30 p.m.

    Sellitto says one person received a non-life-threatening injury.

    Authorities conducted evacuations within a half-mile of the complex as a precaution. There were no homes in the vicinity, but local businesses and a local daycare were evacuated.

    Police also closed an exit on Interstate 295 to keep traffic away.

    If a spark or flame comes in contact with propane, it can cause an explosion or fire.