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Animals Suddenly Dying Near Train Disaster as #OhioChernobyl Trends

The EPA seems to be telling a rather different story.

For days now, there has been a concerted effort among social media users to bring more attention to the horrid ecological disaster that has occurred in East Palestine, Ohio.

Last week,  a train derailment forced authorities to burn off a gargantuan amount of vinyl chloride in order to prevent what they believed could have been a devastating explosion.  Those same authorities have suggested that this method would be safe for residents and wildlife in the surrounding areas, but reports from East Palestine appear to suggest that not all is as it seems.

Animals are falling sick and dying near the site of a hellish Ohio train derailment last Friday which released toxic chemicals into the air, according to reports — sparking fears of the potential health impacts the crash could have on humans.

Taylor Holzer, owner of a dairy farm just outside the evacuation zone in East Palestine, told WKBN several foxes he keeps on his property have become mortally ill.

“Out of nowhere, he just started coughing really hard, just shut down, and he had liquid diarrhea and just went very fast,” Holzer told the outlet of one of his animals.

Residents offered a far different outlook than the EPA was providing.

Evironmental Protection Agency official James Justice said the agency has been conducting constant air-monitoring tests that did not show any toxic threats, and residents were told it was safe to return to their homes after a three-day mandatory evacuation this week.

But scattered reports of dead animals well outside the original evacuation zone continue to stoke fears.

“My video camera footage shows my chickens were perfectly fine before they started this burn, and as soon as they started the burn, my chickens slowed down and they died,” said Amanda Breshears of North Lima. “If it can do this to chickens in one night, imagine what it’s going to do to us in 20 years.”

The media’s coverage of the event has been harshly criticized by locals and onlookers alike, and social media users have been spreading the news under the hashtag #OhioChernobyl.

The situation in Ohio continues to develop.

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