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In late fall of 1976, our little town of Fertile, Minn., escaped what could have been a major disaster. 

A train rolled through town just after 11 p.m., pulling several propane tanker cars. One of them apparently had a leak. When a spark flew, all hell broke loose. 


Leaking propane had apparently spread throughout town before the spark, for people dozens of blocks away reported seeing their lawns on fire. 

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