Ohio Gas Cloud

After the derailment of a cargo train carrying hazardous materials on March 4 in East Palestine, Ohio, over 1,500 residents were forced to evacuate their homes due to a cloud of chemical gas hovering over the area. Scientists and local government officials took measures to safely dispose of the materials on the train by burning them in a controlled environment. Some of these chemicals, specifically vinyl chloride, are known to be extremely toxic to people as well as the ecosystem. 

While some residents of the area were able to return home, many are afraid of the possible risks. At this time, no major injuries have been reported, but many locals who have returned reported smelling chlorine gas and suffering constant headaches.

East Palestine, Ohio, almost a year before the train derailment. (Creative Commons)