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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Explosive' Train Halted

MOSCOW -- The western Siberian city of Omsk is in danger of being wiped off the map because a business dispute has stranded 200 railroad cars loaded with highly explosive material there, a newspaper said Thursday.

"We are sitting on a barrel of gunpowder,'' said Andrei Kisyantsev, chief of the Ecooil fuel processing company that owns the dangerous cargo now stranded in the city of Omsk, about 2,250 kilometers east of Moscow.

The 160 cars of isobutane and 40 cars of methanol - both highly explosive liquids used for fuel - have languished since late March in the city. Ecooil can't move the load because of a dispute with the Omsky Kauchuk company, which rents Ecooil a fuel processing plant, the daily Izvestia said.

"According to regulations, methanol must be unloaded within one day, and this has been here since March 23. Another 300 cisterns are to arrive soon,'' Kisyantsev said.