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West, Texas Rocked by Fertilizer Plant Explosion!

(CNN) - An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in West Texas and may have caused dozens of injuries, officials said.

A hospital in Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was being set up at the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.

A photo after the explosion -- which reportedly happened around 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) -- showed a huge plume of smoke rising high into the air.

The West Fertilizer Plant is located about 20 miles north of Waco. A school and a nursing home are among the buildings near the plant, CNN affiliate KWTX reported.
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DestinyRoseLC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Wow :-(
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Starryeyez_01
by Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Ugh CNN isnt even talking aboout it anymore, they went back to talking about Boston suspects. geez let them investigate it first. smh

rfurlongg
by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I hope they are able to get everyone safely. Have they mentioned anything was to what they believe may have caused it?

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

No reported fatalities yet... But a nursing home collapsed in the explosion as did other buildings.



Quoting rfurlongg:

Wow. Hope there are no fatalities. Do they know what caused it?
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

 Cnn just said they will be updating on this after commercials...

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

This is just terrible.  So many injured, so many homes/buildings destroyed. I heard over the scanner that they needed help, the 2nd floor of a building had collapsed trapping children and firefighters. I found this video that captured the blast. 

http://www.kwkt.com/news/caught-camera-fertilizer-plant-explosion-near-waco

Jacqalyn
by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM
My uncle ( by marriage) has family who live in West. I keep checking on Facebook to see if they have heard from them but nothing yet.

My aunt and uncle( the one above) live in Lott and my brother and his family live in Chilton . This has hit way to close to home.
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smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

This is so sad. :(

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There are many ups and downs through out a marriage and our lives but,if we fight for what we care about most we can make it and find our hearts home <3
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

 Hotline to find loved ones has just been released  1-254-202-1100

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Now reporting atleast 60-70 people dead.
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fireangel5
by Gold Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

They said a large area is without power. I hope you hear from them soon!!


Quoting Jacqalyn:

My uncle ( by marriage) has family who live in West. I keep checking on Facebook to see if they have heard from them but nothing yet.

My aunt and uncle( the one above) live in Lott and my brother and his family live in Chilton . This has hit way to close to home.



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