Dozens Believed Killed in Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 18-Apr-2013

A massive explosion has rocked a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. Dozens are feared dead and more than 160 sustained work injuries in the disaster. Rescuers have to deal with toxic fumes contaminating the neighborhood. The explosion occurred Wednesday around 7:50 pm local time [00:50 GMT Thursday] in the town of West, north of Waco. A fireball of nearly 30 meters high has been reported along with a massive power outage.

The US Geological Survey registered the explosion as a 2.1 magnitude quake, adding that “the magnitude measures only the ground motion, not the air wave, so is substantially less than the true size of the event.” The blast followed a fire at the plant, which is thought to have started in an anhydrous ammonia tank before spreading to the buildings at the plant.

“Things just blew up,” the owner of the fertilizer plant in West reportedly told the channel’s Ginger Allen. There is no official fatality count yet. Police reported that between five and 15 people are estimated to have been killed, including the firefighters responding to the initial fire at the plant and a law official. Dozens are feared to have died in the disaster.

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