Officials keeping residents in NJ town indoors

Officials say residents of town where derailment leaked chemical should remain inside

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A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. Residents in an area of about 12 blocks near the derailment remain out of their homes as officials continued their efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car. The precautionary evacuations were ordered late Friday, hours after a train derailment, and will likely remain in effect throughout the weekend and possibly longer. The order came after readings showed higher levels of vinyl chloride in the air. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Officials say residents of a southern New Jersey town should remain inside until further notice because levels of vinyl chloride remain high after a train derailment last week.

A group of state, federal and local officials issued the last shelter-in-place order for Paulsboro at about 6 p.m. Monday and it's still in place Tuesday morning.

It's the longest-lasting such order since Friday morning's derailment.

It's not clear when it will be lifted.

About 100 households from the town are free to go outside. They've been evacuated and are staying in hotels outside the borough line.

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