Fireballs, one after the other, were sent soaring into the night sky as locals were evacuated from their homes.
At least one person has been confirmed dead, several dozen more are missing and over 30 buildings in the town have been leveled in the explosions.
A large but undetermined amount of fuel also spilled into the nearby Chaudière River, posing a threat not only to the water itself, but neighboring municipalities who may be using it.
Macleans reports Canadian officials are monitoring the town's air and water quality while emergency crews do their best to contain the blaze.
Photos of the destruction, many taken by locals, are trickling in from Twitter.
— Remo Zaccagna (@CH_RemoZaccagna) July 6, 2013
— Catherine Cullen (@cath_cullen) July 6, 2013
Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic QC causes BIG explosions. Over 1000 homes evacuated, several people reported missing pic.twitter.com/tixJeJsXnV
— Your Anon News (@YourAnonNewsCOM) July 6, 2013
— HabsHappy (@HabsHappy) July 6, 2013
PHOTO: Balls of fire fill the sky above Canadian town Lac Megantic after a train carrying crude oil exploded pic.twitter.com/ocKyQAvpYO
— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) July 6, 2013
— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) July 6, 2013
— Jacques Morissette (@jamaislu) July 6, 2013
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