Reuters Live Feed: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

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City West (TX)
State Texas
Country USA
Specific emergencies 2013 Fertilizer Plant Explosion in the City of West Texas
Resource type News
Resource sub-type News
Area(s) covered West (TX), Texas
Sorting Parameter Texas

An explosion tore through a fertilizer plant and leveled dozens of homes in a small Texas town late on Wednesday, killing up to 15 people, injuring more than 160 and spewing toxic fumes that forced the evacuation of half the community.

  • West is located about 20 miles north of Waco and 80 miles south of Dallas.
  • Blast was so strong that it registered as a magnitude 2.1 seismic tremor.
  • 50 to 75 homes were damaged by the explosion and a fire that followed.
  • A nearby 50-unit apartment complex had been reduced to "a skeleton standing up." - Texas Public Safety Department spokesman D.L. Wilson said
  • 133 people had been evacuated from the nursing home, which was heavily damaged, spokesman D.L. Wilson said
  • Three hospitals in Waco and Dallas receiving the bulk of patients treating more than 160 injuries combined.
  • Hotline number to get more information or to find love ones in West, TX: 254-202-1100