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Powerful Explosion Rocks Small Town North of Waco
WFAA ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Posted on 04/17/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT by kristinn

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To: pollywog

My heart is hurting bad right now....I’ve stopped there many times on the way back from driving from Austin/San Antonio to pick up Kolaches at the Czech Stop. If these reports are true, this is devastating to such a small community.


101 posted on 04/17/2013 8:37:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ArmstedFragg

Over 15,000 now.


102 posted on 04/17/2013 8:37:56 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot ("If this be treason, make the most of it." - Patrick Henry, 30 May 1765)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Me, too. Wife and I both teary eyed. This is horrible. Tomorrow’s pictures are going to be devastating. And, they’re expect a bad storm around 4 a.m.

People are trapped in houses and apartments but can’t be rescued because they’re calling it a “hot zone”.


103 posted on 04/17/2013 8:38:35 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: kristinn

Fox News reporting 60-70 dead
Four firefighters possibly
Homes flattened, middle school on fire
Evacuations in 30 mile radius


104 posted on 04/17/2013 8:39:06 PM PDT by free-n-TX
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To: VerySadAmerican

We have 30+ mph winds 80 miles north. Fire fighting in that wind is tough.


105 posted on 04/17/2013 8:40:57 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: FAA

I’m thinking that if it was a fertilizer bomb that took out the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, how many times stronger was this blast?


106 posted on 04/17/2013 8:41:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Sarah, I’m watching locally and I can say that the EMS response is massive.

I see hundreds of fire trucks, ambulances, buses, police cars on the scene. In fact, West City Council has asked that surrounding areas quit sending responders as they have more than enough to handle the situation.


107 posted on 04/17/2013 8:41:39 PM PDT by FAA
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To: free-n-TX

If they evacuate a 30 mile radius that includes north waco.


108 posted on 04/17/2013 8:41:40 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: dfwgator

I can hardly believe what I’m hearing and seeing....this is so horrible. 5 firefighters and 1 police officer dead. They were fighting the fire before it exploded....


109 posted on 04/17/2013 8:41:56 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: Clay Moore

I know here in the Dallas area we are expected bad storms after midnight, so I imagine they will get it too.


110 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cvengr

Yep.

I’m not much of a nutter, but this is too much of a coincidence.

Crazy week.


111 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:27 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: free-n-TX

Watching the WFAA live feed. Someone actually had a camera on the fire when it exploded. Oh, wow. To say it was massive doesn’t even begin to cover it.


112 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:36 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: VerySadAmerican

@KHOU 70 people confirmed dead, incl 5 firefighters & 1 police officer. Hundreds of others injured in explosion

I dont know why these horrible things are always happening..I hope that anyone on this forum who lives in Waco or has any family there is safe


113 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:36 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: re_nortex
thanks

Ch 13 in Houston is reporting the town is being evacuated because of leaking amonia.

114 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:39 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Southack

I have stopped at the Czech Stop Bakery many times. Best gingerbread men ever.

This explosion was felt 60 miles away.
Triage area had to be evacuated.
Expecting a storm tonight on top of all of the devastation.


115 posted on 04/17/2013 8:43:22 PM PDT by free-n-TX
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To: Cvengr

I was just thinking about that catastrophe. Absolutely devastating.


116 posted on 04/17/2013 8:43:25 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: LastDayz

Initial triage being moved to community center due to proximity of other possible explosive hazards.

I hope these folks are considering the extreme hazards of the resulting chemical cloud.

This thing is a Haz-Mat nightmare.


117 posted on 04/17/2013 8:43:52 PM PDT by LastDayz (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: kristinn

the pictures look amazing


118 posted on 04/17/2013 8:43:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: FAA

I dont know how far you are from the scene but please stay safe..that stuff is very toxic they are telling everyone to get out so stay safe


119 posted on 04/17/2013 8:44:00 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: lonestar

You know there’s natural gas leaks all over the place.

Just heard scanner asking for more fire trucks.


120 posted on 04/17/2013 8:44:20 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: free-n-TX

130+ injured, not dead. The only real report about deaths I’ve heard of is for three firemen and one police officer who responded to the original fire.


121 posted on 04/17/2013 8:44:44 PM PDT by Thud
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To: All

Local link please...


122 posted on 04/17/2013 8:44:51 PM PDT by sissyjane (Obama lied, our HEROES died!)
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To: hoagy62

Saw that too. Beyond imagination.

To quote one lady from yesterday “A day like no other”.


123 posted on 04/17/2013 8:45:16 PM PDT by amom
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To: dfwgator
here in the Dallas area we are expected bad storms after midnight, so I imagine they will get it too.

Yes, let's hope that the coming rain will help put the fire out. I hope it's a gully washer.

124 posted on 04/17/2013 8:45:32 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dfwgator
My heart is hurting bad right now....I’ve stopped there many times on the way back from driving from Austin/San Antonio to pick up Kolaches at the Czech Stop. If these reports are true, this is devastating to such a small community.

Same here. I felt the same way about the small town of Jarrell, also off I-35 when an F5 tornado devastated the community in late May 1997.

125 posted on 04/17/2013 8:45:37 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: lonestar

Scanner on, telling all media to go to the auction barn.....lol


126 posted on 04/17/2013 8:46:36 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: sissyjane

http://www.wfaa.com/video?id=139367478&sec=553117

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Explosion-Rocks-Fertilizer-Plant-During-Fire-203508011.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DFWBrand


127 posted on 04/17/2013 8:46:37 PM PDT by amom
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To: Thud

There are quite a few near by houses that were leveled.


128 posted on 04/17/2013 8:47:09 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I’m in Waco and just heard a man give that number..He was VERY upset so I have no idea of accuracy..Estimates of injuries 100 to 300..It’s too early to really know..I am in shock..West is a small town N of Waco..This will be so hard for this community..God bless the rescuers. Healing prayers for the injured and comfort to the families who have lost loved ones.
He also said 2 EMS personnel were killed..


129 posted on 04/17/2013 8:47:22 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: LastDayz
Read Wes Boyd's _Snowplow Extra_ for the hazmat problems of firefighting a mass chemical plant fire during a blizzard.

http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/02sx/sx.htm

"I hope these folks are considering the extreme hazards of the resulting chemical cloud.

This thing is a Haz-Mat nightmare."


130 posted on 04/17/2013 8:47:48 PM PDT by Thud
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To: sissyjane
Local link please...

Try KWTX-TV from nearby Waco.

131 posted on 04/17/2013 8:47:57 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: All

The entire town told to evacuate. This is going to be worse than OKC.

And I’m starting to think this could be terrorism. Secondary explosion after first responders got there.


132 posted on 04/17/2013 8:48:04 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: sissyjane

http://www.wfaa.com/news


133 posted on 04/17/2013 8:48:09 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: re_nortex

I remember Jarrell as well.


134 posted on 04/17/2013 8:49:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MEG33

I’m sure Waco tv is on top of it. Keep us posted. And stay safe. Prayers for all of you.


135 posted on 04/17/2013 8:49:33 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: dfwgator

“I’m thinking that if it was a fertilizer bomb that took out the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, how many times stronger was this blast?”

Oh, Hell. Compare a Ryder truck full of fertilizer with a warehouse full of fertilizer fire going off.

The explosion caught on video makes the Nevada incident a few years ago look like a pedestrian event. People were knocked into walls 10 miles away.


136 posted on 04/17/2013 8:49:42 PM PDT by FAA
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To: MEG33

Hearing 60-70 fatalities as of now (michelle malkin)


137 posted on 04/17/2013 8:50:05 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

I don’t think this is terrorism..

A horrific accident.


138 posted on 04/17/2013 8:50:18 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Ongoing _Dallas News_ video link:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20130417-live-video-explosion-injuries-reported-at-fertilizer-plant-near-waco-in-west-texas.ece

Now 200+ injured, of which 40+ are critical.

139 posted on 04/17/2013 8:50:43 PM PDT by Thud
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To: GeronL; All
Video of explosion.
140 posted on 04/17/2013 8:50:57 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: MEG33

OMG....poor woman on WFAA....hubby is firefighter....she’s on the city council. Her roof caved in....explosion killed her pets? This is such a nightmare.


141 posted on 04/17/2013 8:51:18 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: kristinn

Listen live to this incident @ http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2663


142 posted on 04/17/2013 8:51:23 PM PDT by The Chief
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To: VerySadAmerican
And I’m starting to think this could be terrorism. Secondary explosion after first responders got there.

It started with a fire (actually one earlier in the day as well) and there are multiple buildings and tanks at the plant.

I'm thinking specific incompetence today (in addition to the long-term zoning incompetence).

143 posted on 04/17/2013 8:52:16 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: VerySadAmerican

How long before MSNBC blames the NRA?


144 posted on 04/17/2013 8:52:18 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: All

Being reported that Four blocks of houses leveled.

I35 is blocked. Will probably be blocked for quite a while.


145 posted on 04/17/2013 8:53:07 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Jrabbit
Ch 13 was calling it the civic center...I think. LOL!

Salt of the earth...

146 posted on 04/17/2013 8:53:13 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: re_nortex

The saving grace for Jarrell is that the tornado hit during the day, when most of the houses were unoccupied. Sadly this happened at the worst possible time.


147 posted on 04/17/2013 8:53:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Strategerist

AFAIK, there is no “zoning” in Texas.


148 posted on 04/17/2013 8:54:20 PM PDT by Thud
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To: VerySadAmerican

There was an apartment building between the nursing homes and the plant - video on one of the Dallas news stations showed that the entire second floor of the building was destroyed.

Fortunately the nursing home looks like it was single story so if it “collapsed” people inside have more of a chance.


149 posted on 04/17/2013 8:55:35 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: kristinn

not for the feint of heart, that!


150 posted on 04/17/2013 8:55:47 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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