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Just watched the footage of this and it's seriously bad.  Huge fire being attended by firefighters just exploded. 

Why is there a fertiliser factory in the centre of a community!?

I hope this isnt another attack, and just a random fire.  Bit it IS very near Waco and we have just had Boston.




Many casualties in Texas Waco fertiliser plant blast

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Scores of people are reported injured and an unknown number feared dead after a huge explosion at a fertiliser plant near Waco in the US state of Texas.

Dozens of homes and buildings have been destroyed, and several are still on fire, after the West Fertilizer plant exploded at about 19:50 (00:50 GMT).

Some people are thought still to be trapped in buildings and a number of firefighters are reported missing.

An official confirmed there were deaths, but could not give a figure.

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It was like being in a tornado. Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield. It was like the whole earth shook.”

Debby Marak, witness

Dean Wilson, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a news conference that they were still conducting house-to-house searches.

He said the fire was still smouldering and that no firefighters were tackling it as there was the risk of further explosions.

Half the town had been evacuated, he added.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that firefighters had been trying to put out a fire at the plant when the explosion happened, and that some were among those injured.

The blast happened in West, a town of about 2,700 people some 20 miles (32km) north of Waco.

TV images showed streams of emergency vehicles descending on the site and ambulance crews using a nearby sports field as an emergency treatment area.

Glenn A Robinson, chief executive of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, told CNN that his hospital had received 66 injured people including 38 who were seriously hurt.

He said the hospital was seeing "everything from orthopaedic injuries to patients that are experiencing serious blood loss".

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said: "It's a lot of devastation. I've never seen anything like this. It looks like a war zone with all the debris."Local emergency workers were mobilised to the scene

Unconfirmed reports said a nursing home had collapsed in the explosion and some people were believed trapped inside.

Witness Debby Marak told the Associated Press news agency that she had seen smoke coming from the area near the plant and had driven over to see what was happening.

She said that when she arrived, two boys ran towards her screaming that the authorities had told them to leave because the fertiliser plant was going to explode.

The massive blast was heard from miles around

She said she drove a short distance before the blast happened.

"It was like being in a tornado," she said. "Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield. It was like the whole earth shook."

Another resident told KWTX-TV that she heard several explosions from 13 miles (20km) away.

"It sounded like three bombs going off very close to us,'' said Lydia Zimmerman.

The air in town was still covered in acrid smoke more than two hours after the explosion.

The area around the site was littered with shards of wood, bricks and glass.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a statement: "We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident.

"We have also mobilised state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene."

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Holy shit. More terrible news...

Why the hell do they have fart factory in the middle of the town/city?

It's a fire, I doubt it's an attack. If it was an attack, they would most likely have blown the place up directly instead of setting it on fire.

Zkuq said:
It's a fire, I doubt it's an attack. If it was an attack, they would most likely have blown the place up directly instead of setting it on fire.

I agree that it's just an unfortunate fire that caused the explosion, but if you want to blow a fertilizer factory the best way to do it would be to set it on fire. A smart attacker wouldn't plant a bomb on a bomb if it just needs a fuse.

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Something like this happens every couple of years. I had friends living in Enschede, The Netherlands when the fireworks factory blew up destroying over 400 houses and damaging many more. After that they thought maybe it would be better to keep these out of towns...

"West Mayor Tommy Muska told reporters that his city of about 2,800 residents needs "your prayers."

No what they need is a Mayor with common sense that doesn't allow explosive factories near residential areas.

60-70 dead, I bet before the day is over the number will rise to more than 100 :(

The number of dead is not really confirmed as of now. though the explosion did demolish an entire apartment building.

the video does not have the old code to embed. The explosion filmed by a father with his daughter. Pretty scary, the girls reaction well. Makes it real.

The explosion was equivalent to a 2.1 richtor scale earthquake.

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Why the hell do they have fart factory in the middle of the town/city?

i really hope that is a typo and you didn't just make a fart joke

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So sad, lots of people getting blown up this week :(

But, Texas doesn't have the best safety record. In the Texas City Disaster ammonium nitrate was labeled by the state as 'not explosive.' I hope this one isn't some similar kind of omission.


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