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Up to 70 people killed in explosion in Texas

Old Apr 18th 2013, 6:12 am
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A number of people have been killed and hundreds injured after an explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas.

The blast happened in West, near Waco. More than half of the town has been evacuated.

It was so powerful a nearby block of flats was destroyed and a number of residents of a local nursing home were injured.

As many as 75 homes were damaged by the blast as well as a local school.

A number of people are also suffering from "respiratory distress due to chemical inhalation".

Officials have said firefighters have stopped trying to tackle the blaze as there are fears of another explosion.

The explosion happened shortly before 8pm local time on Wednesday and could be heard as far away as 45 miles.

Tommy Muska, West's mayor, said a number of firefighters are unaccounted for.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene."

Debby Marak told The Associated Press she noticed a lot of smoke coming from the area across town near the plant, which is near a nursing home.

She said she drove over to see what was happening, and when she got out of her car two boys ran towards her screaming that officials told them to leave because the plant was going to explode.

Moments later the blast happened.

"It was like being in a tornado," the 58-year-old said. "Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield.

"It was like the whole earth shook."

Police officers have reportedly been transporting the injured to local hospitals in their patrol cars.

As many as a dozen helicopters have been sent to the West High School stadium where ambulances are waiting to transport victims to hospitals.

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

He said the injuries included blast injuries, orthopedic injuries, large wounds and a lot of lacerations and cuts.

American Red Cross crews from across Texas are being sent to the site.

The explosion comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Waco siege - a deadly confrontation between federal authorities and heavily armed locals.
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Old Apr 18th 2013, 6:18 am
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Very sad indeed. Thoughts are with anyone involved.
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Sad news. West is a nice little place as well. Lots of Czech heritage.
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News now reporting 5-15 deaths. Terrible, but alot better than the initial 'up to 70' reports.
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A friend in Northampton was so worried about me in Texas, but the explosion is so far west of me I'd literally fly there if I had to go. Yes, everyone is hearing "60-70" killed, but that is probably a misreport of the number of people initially reported hurt on the scene. The Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com was reporting that the factory was known to be lax about safety and reporting. Nobody is reporting this as any sort of terrorist activity.

It's terrible about the apartment complex that was gravely damaged; initial pictures are so distressing. Offers of help from nearby Waco city are pouring in, and everyone's on scene. My heart goes out to the injured and families of the dead.

I was reading about it last night before I went to bed. No wonder I had a dream about walking with my husband in his village in Northern Ireland and hearing an explosion. Our thoughts fly to the ones we love when a disaster happens. I'm sure I have no other reason to dream about the Troubles.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...her-child.html

Video of the actual explosion, no surprise it destroyed such a large area.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...her-child.html

Video of the actual explosion, no surprise it destroyed such a large area.
Area now being treated as a 'crime scene'. In the light of the fact it's the 18th anniversary of the Waco disaster that's no surprize.
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Area now being treated as a 'crime scene'. In the light of the fact it's the 18th anniversary of the Waco disaster that's no surprize.
No, not a surprise. May still be a coincidence though; the real crime might have been the laxity in safety and proper controls on site.
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Rescue efforts are still ongoing to try and find people in the rubble. So sad.

Some reports of looting as well.
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Area now being treated as a 'crime scene'. In the light of the fact it's the 18th anniversary of the Waco disaster that's no surprize.
A crime scene? Surely it was a result of potentially explosive chemicals and human error that caused the explosion.
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A crime scene? Surely it was a result of potentially explosive chemicals and human error that caused the explosion.
Probably, but until they know that for sure it's best to treat it as a crime scene so no potential evidence is lost. Makes sense.
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A crime scene? Surely it was a result of potentially explosive chemicals and human error that caused the explosion.
They always treat them as crime scenes until they can reasonably rule out a crime. Routine.
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Probably, but until they know that for sure it's best to treat it as a crime scene so no potential evidence is lost. Makes sense.
OK.

Rather cynical of me to dismiss it as a knee jerk response, I suppose. Sign of the times, that ...
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