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Remains of Union Pacific rail car explosion causing headache for residents

With a shovel in hand and not too far from his home, it wasn't long before Tashi Garcia uncovered what he called a hazardous headache.

"How does this stuff get missed? Why is this stuff ... Why is there stuff like this that is leaking into the ground?" Garcia said.

It's all leftover waste of lithium ion batteries from a Union Pacific rail car explosion nearly two weeks ago along Chapman Street.

One that Garcia said not only rocked his house, but also threw him into a wall.

Several days later, he said the mess the company told him they'd clean up still remains.

"Essentially Union Pacific did clean this up, they just covered it up. They just took a bunch of dirt, laid it over the top," Garcia said.

With pictures of the mess along the tracks, we called Union Pacific ourselves to get to the bottom of the matter.

And within an hour, crews from the company were back out at the site.

A spokesperson told us by phone while they did an initial thorough cleaning, smaller batteries and other material may have been overlooked but maintain they are not hazardous.

The company also said a contractor will be out first thing Thursday morning to clean it all up.

Garcia said he'll believe it when he sees it.

"Now that a few days have gone by, I haven't heard from anybody. All this stuff is still out here. I have to reach out to you guys," said Garcia.

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