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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explodes; Unknown Number Killed

NPR | April 18, 2013 1:26 a.m. | Updated: May 15, 2013 10 p.m.

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Krishnadev Calamur

Several people were injured after an explosion late Wednesday at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.

KWTX TV reports that the explosion at West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, was reported around 7:50 p.m. The station reports:

“Numerous injuries were reported and multiple ambulances were requested.

“Several buildings were reported destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.

“There were reports that people were trapped in the nursing home and in an apartment building.”

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that several firefighters were among those injured.

The newspaper spoke to Bill Bohannan, who witnessed the explosion. He was visiting his parents at their house in West.

“I said, ‘This thing is going to blow’ … and I told my mom and dad to get in the car,” Bohannan told the paper. “I was standing next to my car with my fiancee, waiting for my parents to come out and (the plant) exploded. It knocked us into the car… Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.”

CBS Dallas has live video of the blaze.

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