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Published on Jan 26, 2008
February 19, 2004 Over 400 killed (200 Firefighters) 350 civilians injured. 48 of the 52 wagons of the train went up in smoke, and glass windows of houses more than 10km away were shattered.
http://english.aljazeera.net/English/... ------------------ When the explosion occurred, the Seismological unit of Tehran University recorded an earth tremor measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale in the same area - possibly a reading sparked by the force of the blast. The explosion happened at a time when the firefighters and the rescue workers were trying to put out the fire," the official said. "A number of the firefighters and local villagers were killed in the explosion."
The massive blast occurred at Khayyam station, near the town of Neyshabour and was heard in the provincial capital of Mashhad, 75 km away.
Local officials said the rail wagons, which were standing at a nearby station, began rolling away in the early hours of the morning. The wagons then derailed and a fire began, drawing firefighters and curious onlookers to the scene.