A derailed train just outside the hub of Baltimore sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky Tuesday afternoon that could be seen from downtown, as buildings shook from miles away and residents feared the worst from schools and office buildings across the city. The local CBS station reports that a cargo train went off the tracks around 2 p.m. in the Rosedale area of Baltimore. There have been no injuries reported so far, but things are still early. The Baltimore Sun reports hazardous material teams are on the scene. The Sun is also reporting several buildings collapsed after the explosion happened.
We first heard about the explosion through the many reports coming in via social media, where rumblings of rumblings erupted on Twitter, as is so often the case, and made their way toward roundups like this Reddit thread. Those efforts led us to these disturbing pictures of the accident:
Explosion just happened so freaked out twitter.com/St0rmtROUPEr/s…— Matt Roupe (@St0rmtROUPEr) May 28, 2013
This is a developing story and we'll update as we learn more.