UPDATE: Train derails in Maryland, explosion reported

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say a train has derailed and that several buildings have collapsed in a Baltimore suburb after an explosion that was heard for miles.

A fire spokeswoman says the train derailed about 2 p.m. Tuesday in White Marsh. The spokeswoman says it was not known if there were any injuries.

Tweets from Baltimore County Police and Fire say Hazmat teams are on the scene.

Photos and video on TV stations showed a large plume of smoke rising from the area. At least three rail cars could be seen off the tracks.

Overhead news shots show several blackened buildings and fires burning.

One man who says he lives about a half-mile away from the accident site says there's a strong smell of chemicals in the air.

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