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www.wmfd.com - Early Wednesday morning, 400 homes were evacuated in Willard due to a chemical spill. City leaders are saying people may not be able to return to their homes until Thursday. }}" />

   
 
 
UPDATE: Chemical Spill in Willard

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  Original Published: 11/27/2013

City officials held a news conference at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. They are already saying they may allow residents back into their homes tonight but it could be Thursday morning. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, there is still a faint smell in the air of chemicals.

No one has been reported to be injured. It happened in the Willard rail yard around 3:30 Wednesday morning. Officials say a rail car, containing highly flammable liquid -- developed a significant hole and that the liquid was pouring out of the tanks.

The incident happened when the rail car was switching tracks. The rail car was carrying 26,000 gallons of the chemical. That liquid is "styrene monomer," which is a highly flammable substance. It is commonly used in packing materials. Willard Public Safety and CSX clean-up crews are at the scene. The city evacuated homes within a half-mile radius of the Main Street underpass. Many of the evacuees have gone to the Willard High School where a shelter has been set up.

   
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