Fertilizer Plant ExplosionApril 18th, 2013 at 12:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
A huge explosion occurred at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas – just north of Waco. The explosion occurred at 7:50 pm local time. Cars were blown off I-35 (which is closed) and windows were blown out in the town of Abbott, roughly five miles away. An NBC 5 reporter said that there were approx. 130 injured. A trooper at a press conference at 1 am said only that there were multiple fatalities (“there’s going to be a number”) and over 100 injured. Video of the explosion here and here. The fire started in an anhydrous ammonia tank and spread to the building, authorities said. The resulting explosion occurred after firefighters had arrived to fight the fire. The explosion spread the fire to the Middle School and to a nearby nursing home.The blast was felt throughout the city and as far away as Hillsboro, Whitney and Blue…61 injured victims had been admitted to Hillcrest Baptist Hospital, 44 of whom were in serious condition. Live Coverage as I write this on WFAA. A house 3/4-mile away from the plant is said to be totally leveled. A pilot flying at 4,000 feet saw the explosion, then the plane jolted about “5 to 8 seconds later” as the concussion hit the plane.