A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration N974DL performing flight DL-2225 from Providence,RI to Atlanta,GA (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from Providence's runway 23 when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed due to the failure of the right hand engine (JT8D). The aircraft slowed safely and stopped. An airport operations vehicle advised there had been streaks of flame from the right hand engine, there appeared to be debris on the runway. A replacement MD-88 registration N977DL reached Atlanta with a delay of 5:15 hours. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 48 hours, then returned to service.