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West, Texas, Explosion: At Least 3 Dead; Several Firefighters Missing

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- 1863 days ago -
A firefighter walks past a pickup truck under a pile of debris at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after an explosion Wednesday.

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Carol H (229)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:59 am
very sadly noted

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:11 am
I had heard aboutt his , but had not heard 60 t0 80 homes were destroyed! This just goes to show you never are safe even in your own home in a polace where there isn't even a war going on! Very scary! I feel sorry for all those killed, injured, and who have lost their homes and my heart goes out to them. Just terrible!

Winn A (179)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:52 am
So very sad and blessings to all who were harmed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 6:43 am
That is not good.

Kit B (276)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 9:01 am

This little town is on my route to and from San Antonio on I-35, in a town of about 2,500 people everyone will feel the impact of this tragedy. People felt the impact of this explosion as far as 70 miles from West. I think the latest information has increased the death toll and greatly increased the number of homes and businesses affected.

Tina P (30)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 9:25 am
This is a tragic event. My heart gows out to those affected!

Vivian B (169)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 10:28 am
My hopes and thoughts go out to West, Tx people. It was not that long ago that I was going to school in Waco and I passed thru West often. I really hope that all missing are found alive and well! God be with you in this time of need.

. (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 10:38 am
They're not ruling out terrorism but at this point it's being treated as accidental. This is why these types of facilities should never be built in or around cities. We had a similar experience in Toronto a few years ago with a spark from a tanker hose to the natural gas pump. We were very fortunate that the devastation wasn't worse.
My thoughts and condolences to the people of that town.

Robert O (12)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 10:55 am
Horrible! Thanks Cal.

Tammy B (9)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 1:24 pm
horrible. thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 1:41 pm
This is shocking so sad for all the people there

Noted thanks

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 1:59 pm
Factory full of fertiliser and leaky lubrication systems? Big bang waiting to happen. No political jibjab needed.

Claudia O (73)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:21 pm
I am so sorry to hear this. There is so much pain in the world. That is why we must take care of each other and try to make life easier for each other.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:23 pm
Fertiliser plants are very dangerous places, and make great fertiliser bombs..:(

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:56 pm
Terrible, my heart goes out to all the suffering and injured people.

Frances D (133)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 3:26 pm
Tragic event, when you think about it, it was only a matter of time that something like this would happen

Syd H (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:12 pm
This was unfortunately a tragedy waiting to happen.
If the plant was there before the town grew around it, who was / were the lunatics who allowed homes, schools, old folks accommodation etc., to be built in close proximity to a plant that was making or using large amounts of toxic and explosive chemicals.
Alternatively, if the homes, schools, old folks accommodation etc., were there first, who was / were the lunatics who allowed the plant to be built so close to a populated residential area.
Which ever the case was, the people responsible for allowing the planning and building of the plant or homes, should be prosecuted and jailed for murder.

Jason S (50)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:31 pm
Good posting, thanks

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:51 pm
I live in Texas,and it just breaks my heart that so many lost their life .God please be with all the families.

Lloyd H (46)
Friday April 19, 2013, 6:31 am
Welcome to the effects of the Repug mantras of"Government regulation is evil" and "Government is the problem". While these are now 'fertilizer factories' they were built to manufacture ammonium nitrate to make bombs for WWII, this particular one has not been OSHA inspected for 28 years. And by the by the State of Texas let this factory stay where it was decades ago because the owners said there was absolutely no chance of explosion or toxic event except for minor ammonia venting, in spite of the fact that in 1047 a ship loaded with ammonium nitrate in Texas City, Texas exploded killing the entire Fire Department with a death toll of 6-800 and all but erasing the entire city. And you can not blame the Feds, every time in the last 12 years that Congress has been ask to fund more inspectors they have said NO. So as it stands now there is 1, ONE, safety inspector for every 60,000 businesses, which means that if each inspector works 365 days per year and inspects one facility every day he can get through his quota once every 164 YEARS.
Once again putting Profit and special interest agendas above the safety of the American people bears ugly fruit, be it refusal to fund inspectors or refusal to vote on Common Sense Gun Regulations.

. (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:02 am
This has been a bad week for tragedies.

Edgar Z (47)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:46 am
Sad tragedy.

bob m (32)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:51 am

Hey Wacko Wacco area councils:...let's put up housing for the elderly and other housings within a hundred meters of a potential mini nuke blast.........the lawyers are comin to Wacco land by the truck load.. can ya smell em.
The Suits are 10 foot high in draft paper already ... remind me again Texans.. why going through those windows after Koresh was not a fools dance..when you could have taken him with 2 guys at the grocery store.
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