Railcar Explodes in Cannon Falls

The Cannon Fall Police Department reports that at 7:03 AM on March 23rd, a railcar exploded at the Progressive Rail facility located in the City of Cannon Falls. According to a press release, the explosion caused significant structural damage to a building at the Progressive Rail facility, but there were no injuries reported. Emergency responders from the Cannon Falls Police Department, Cannon Falls Fire Department, Cannon Falls Ambulance, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol were called to the explosion. The railcar contained molasses, and there does not appear to be any hazardous substances involved in the explosion. The surrounding area was affected by molasses that was ejected by the explosion and a full assessment of the area impacted in underway. The explosion is under investigation.   

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