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700 evacuated after Russian freight train derails and explodes

  |   Feb. 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM
MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A freight train derailed early Wednesday in Russia's Kirov region, and 32 natural gas tanker cars on the 65-car train exploded, authorities said.

The blaze took more than 300 firemen to extinguish, emergency officials said in a statement.

Seven hundred residents were evacuated as a result of the incident, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The investigative committee said the derailment was likely caused by faulty wiring.

No injuries had been reported.

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