End of days….
Fertilizer Plan Explosion In Texas Leaves Over 160 Injured
The death toll is expected to rise swiftly with over 160 people reported to be injured after a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas early Thursday morning.
Teams of first responders descended on the devastated town of West, Texas, early Thursday where a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant left scores of casualties and turned homes to rubble.
The number of dead remained unclear, with police saying it could be between five and 15. More than 160 people were injured and “three to four” firefighters were missing or unaccounted for, officials said.
It’s unknown whether residents were trapped under remnants of destroyed buildings, authorities said early Thursday. Teams were combing through flattened areas, but nails and other debris created safety risks, said Waco Police Sgt.
“Nothing at this point indicates we have had criminal activity, but we are not ruling that out,” said Swanton. A U.S. i
The incident began with a fire. Some firefighters came to the scene to quell the blaze, and were there minutes later when the explosion happened at the West Fertilizer Co. at about 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET).
“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” he said of the blast. “Big old mushroom cloud.”
The blast stripped a nearby apartment complex, with 50 units, of its walls and windows. “It was just a skeleton standing up,” Wilson said.
The blast sent a massive fireball into the sky. Flames leaped over the roof of a structure and a large plume of smoke rose high into the air.
While Swanton said the death toll could be between five and 15, Dr. George Smith, the city’s emergency management system director, said it could spike to 60 or 70.
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