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(CNN) - A Belgian freight train derailed early Saturday, causing several explosions and a fire, according to Infrabel, the state-owned company that operates Belgian railways.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, Infrabel said. However, the the train was carrying chemicals.
The train, owned the by the Belgian freight company SNCB Logistics, derailed in the northwestern part of the country, between Schellebelle and Wettere.
Because of the explosion was a perimeter of 500 meters off initially around the accident. Residents within this perimeter had to leave their homes. In a second perimeter of one kilometer of the people the council to close windows and doors and stay inside. Were The first measurements showed that the smoke was not harmful to human health, but that did not apply to the toxic fumes that came up out of the sewer. The firewater namely walked toxic substances into the sewers. To remove the fumes, the pumping station shut down and flushed the sewers. Therefore were in some places above ground toxic fumes measured, but the danger would be gone by now. The toxicity of the water was at least high. While the normal values fluctuate around 0.5 mat one in Wetteren a value of 30.