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Fertilizer-Plant Blast Kills Five to 15 in Texas

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WEST, Texas—Police in Texas said between five and 15 people were killed in a fertilizer-plant explosion that also injured more than 160 others, the Associated Press reported.

 
The explosion at West Fertilizer Co. took place following a fire that began around 6 p.m. Central Time, as volunteer firefighters in the town of about 2,800 people approximately 80 miles south of Dallas tried to extinguish a fire.
 
Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations remain under way in the town of West. He said there is no indication the blast was anything other than an industrial accident.
 
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, said the blast heavily damaged 50 to 75 homes, as well as an apartment building with roughly 50 units immediately near the site.
 
"We have a tremendous number of injuries," Mr. Wilson said in a televised news briefing shortly after midnight. He said he had toured some of the devastated parts of the town and described it as looking "just like Iraq, just like the Murrah building," referring to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, where 168 people died after a truck filled with fertilizer was detonated in a domestic terrorist attack in 1995.
 
Mr. Wilson added that 133 people were removed from an assisted-living facility near the blast site. More than 100 people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, according to local television reports.

 

 

Read more and source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324493704578429943017835664.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

 

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Did you see the viral video? Poor kid lost his hearing. Caution: loud boom in the video:

 

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Prayers and condolences go to the victims and survivors of this tragedy. 

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Did you see the viral video? Poor kid lost his hearing. Caution: loud boom in the video:

 

Oh dear…

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up to 35 dead now!

Son of a bitch...

 

Still around 50 that are missing.

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Crazy. Another incident of deadly and violent explosions dismembering people and taking lives? Damn, from what you guys are saying 35 people six feet under and counting? With at least 50 missing? Shaking my head in front of the screen in disconcertment on this one.

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Considering the explosion and its immediate fatalities have now passed, here's hoping for the quick physical and emotional recovery of the many survivors who unwillingly had to experience this tradgedy.

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