Chicagoans Just Intentionally Set Their Train Tracks On Fire And Here’s Why

People in Chicago are used to frigid winters, and the city has all sorts of ways of combating the chill.

That said, even locals were surprised by the sight of flames leaping up from the Metra commuter rail system on Tuesday. It appeared as if the tracks had gone up in flames.

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As if blazing tracks doesn’t sound crazy enough, Metra says it’s actually totally safe to run trains over the fiery rails. That’s because the diesel fuel in the trains combusts only with pressure and heat, not open flame.

Chicago natives can rest assured that the trains in this city will keep running no matter how low the mercury drops.