Skip to comments.CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas (Warning, Unedited)
Posted on 04/17/2013 8:55:27 PM PDT by mnehring
Explosions rocked a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Wednesday evening as firefighters were battling a fire, causing multiple injuries, authorities said.
Dani Moore, dispatcher with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety, said she did not know how many were injured or the extent of their injuries.
"The fertilizer plant was on fire. Firefighters were on the scene. There was an explosion ... followed by a second explosion,'' she said.
She said there were multiple damages to structures and vehicles. She said she had no information on the cause of the blasts or fire.
WFAA.com reported at least 10 structures were on fire, including a school which is next door to the plant. An emergency triage center was set up at a high school football field.
The TV station said on its website that a shock wave was felt in parts of North Texas.
The Waco Tribune reported injuries to several people including firefighters.
The fertilizer plant is about 20 miles north of Waco and just off Interstate 35.
KWTX.com reported one of the nearby buildings damaged was a nursing home, and state troopers transported some of the injured to hospitals in patrol cars.
It also said the explosion knocked out electrical power to part of the community.
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, was receiving some of the injured. Answering the phone at the hospital, Karen Jackson said she could provide no information on the number of injured or the extent.
Dang, blew the little girl’s ears out.
Read the comments blow and you can see just how many sick bass turds there are in this country.
Holy crap. That scared me just watching it.
Local news is reporting 60-70 dead so far and hundreds injured. They are evacuating the entire town out of fear of more explosions.
Massive and tragic - this is bad....
scary and sad video
West is a small community of 2800.
Honest...not a tinfoiler, but...do they have any idea how this fire started? I know fertilizer (and it’s dust—like grain and sugar) are exceptionally volatile. The timing of this tragic event is just scary (w/Waco anniversary this week.)
Reap the whirlwind, if it was on purpose.
There have been some extremely high winds and lightening in that area this afternoon. I haven’t heard anything official but I wouldn’t be surprised if that may be the trigger.
scary and sad video
But he’s now famous on youtube!!! Obviously that was far more important to him than the safety of his daughter.
I don’t think he could have known what kind of force that explosion could have had.
They are reporting that 60 to 70 have died, and around 200 have been injured.
So sad. West is the place people stop off to get kolaches when driving between Dallas and Austin.
There is no sense that this was anything more than an accident.
I don’t think he really expected an explosion like that