This UPI report was somewhat exaggerated, as not every window in town
was broken.  It also did not occur in a switching yard, but SE of town on a
side rail about a quarter mile.  Most homes were not "unlivable"!  It was not
a "ghost town".  It did kill 2 Central Illinois Train Engineers and injured scores
of residents.  It did damage or destroy some churches and houses.  Il. Nat'l
Guardsmen were on duty for at least a week - glazers were busy for weeks. 
Shrapnel was sent flying thru the air in a radius of about a half mile or more.
One piece about the size of a baseball went thru the roof of Floyd Kelly's
2-story home two doors north of the United Methodist Church near the center
of  the town.  It passed on thru the ceiling and landed in a 2nd or 3rd drawer
of a chest of drawers in the parent's bedroom.  It was a blessing that this
occurred on a lazy Sunday afternoon (about 4 pm) when churches, schools
and most businesses were closed.  Also, a blessing that more people were
not killed or injured - no cars were passing by the train on Rte. 121 at the time.
About a half chunk of the exploding tank care flew thru the air and came
crashing down the Rte. 54 overpass, knocking a huge gash in its road & railing
- about an eighth of a mile away.  The explosion blew a hole about 40 ft. deep
- not a speak of water to be seen. The Red Cross set up services on the town's
square.  [more on this is written up here -->
125 Yesteryears - 1836-1961 by the Times News (available in the MPTHS
Museum & Genealogical Center on the south side of the square).