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UPDATE: Deadly Explosion In Texas

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UPDATE:

Officials in Texas say the number of people killed in the explosion at a fertilizer plant is between five and fifteen. It is also reported that there are more than 160 people injured.

Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations remain under way in downtown west.

The size of the blast from the explosion is being compared with the strength of a small earthquake. Sgt. Swanton also believes that there is no indication that the blast was anything other than an industrial accident.

 

ORIGINAL:

An unknown number of people are dead after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

EMS officials say as many as 70 people could be dead and hundreds more injured after a blast at West Fertilizer. It happened around 8 P.M. Wednesday night, and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, which is 45 miles away.

Al Vanek, a member of the West City Council said that there is a four-block area around the explosion that is "totally decimated". Homes in the town have been evacuated because of concerns about secondary explosions.

Many buildings in the area were damaged and even demolished like a school, apartment buildings, and a nursing home. The force of the explosion caused the roof of the nearby nursing home to collapse. There are reports that some residents were trapped inside the home.

A triage facility was set up at a nearby football field. Red Cross is on the scene working to help those forced out of their homes.

 

 

 

 

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