EUNICE, La. (AP) -- Most of the 3,000 people evacuated after a train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed and exploded last weekend found their houses unscathed when they finally were allowed to return home.
But some residents who returned Thursday worried about the effects the explosion might have on their fields of rice and beans, their cattle and their health.
''When are we going to lose our hair?'' joked farmer Keith Heinen, who lives within a mile of the derailment site.
''When are we going to get cancer?'' his neighbor Glen Vidrine quipped.
Much of the soot and ash from the explosion landed in the woods near the train track and missed the homes, said Jeffrey Meyers, a supervisor with the Department of Environmental Quality.
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