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West, Texas, mayor says 35 to 40 dead in fertilizer plant explosion
Los Angeles Times ^ | April 18, 2013 | John M. Glionna and Maeve Reston

Posted on 04/18/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT by Zakeet

The mayor of this city said 35 to 40 people are believed to be dead in a massive fertilizer plant explosion “because they are unaccounted for and still missing.”

“We are out there searching the rubble, looking in each and every house. We are trying to locate each and every citizen,” Mayor Tommy Muska said in a telephone interview with The Times.

Muska said he arrived at the count of 35 to 40 dead because all other residents and first-responders in the area have been identified. Among those who were missing and believed dead, he said, were as many as six firefighters and four emergency medical technicians.

The explosion occurred Wednesday night, damaging or destroying buildings within a half-mile radius.

State public safety officials declined to say how many have died in the accident, and confirmed only that there were fatalities.

Rescue workers and federal investigators continued to face a “volatile situation” at the site, they said.

“The area where the incident occurred is highly populated, it is a neighborhood, it is devastated, it is still a very volatile situation,” said Matt Cawthon, chief deputy of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ammonianitrate; explosion; fertilizer
There are also more than 160 people injured.
1 posted on 04/18/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

The estimates of dead keep changing, it was 60-70 last night and 5-15 this morning.


2 posted on 04/18/2013 3:30:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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3 posted on 04/18/2013 3:35:32 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Zakeet

I would rather live next to a nuclear plant than a fertilizer plant or grain silo. Just saying.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 3:45:06 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Zakeet

I hope LEO have considered ...

A theft of fertilizer in anticipation of OK bombing anniversary, and the explosion and fires to cover up the theft and make any attempt to assess inventory useless since no one knows how much burnt since the event.


5 posted on 04/18/2013 3:47:49 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: BipolarBob

I read they built and opened this plant before they were even licensed and approved for it.

Paraphrasing one of the comments I read at an earlier story: Who builds a damn fertilizer plant yards away from a school and a nursing home?


6 posted on 04/18/2013 3:55:13 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Better question would be: Who approves a damn fertilizer plant yards away from a school and nursing home?
7 posted on 04/18/2013 4:02:51 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

I thought I read where the fertilizer plant has been there for 60’ish years?? Maybe it was out in the boonies when it was first built??


8 posted on 04/18/2013 4:04:54 PM PDT by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: Alberta's Child

I wouldbe sellingmyhouse if one was built by me.


9 posted on 04/18/2013 4:05:21 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: GeronL

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/dallas-fire-rescue-captain-dies-in-west

Face of a hero..First confirmed, named death


10 posted on 04/18/2013 4:17:32 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MissTed

Miss Ted,

You are right the plant has been their since the early sixties..


11 posted on 04/18/2013 4:18:08 PM PDT by PLD
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To: Responsibility2nd

The fertilizer plant was there first.


12 posted on 04/18/2013 4:18:51 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33

bump


13 posted on 04/18/2013 4:20:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Good grief, the plant has been there for decades. Before so many rules and regulations. Probably long before the town expanded out there and built the school and nursing home. The only problem they’ve had with the regs was a few years ago and they fixed that problem. Blame the town for growing why don’t you. Blame the people for building a town along a major highway and railroad. Oh no, they built their schools right by the RR tracks!!! What if a kid wandered onto them! Oh no, there’s a major highway running right by people’s houses!!! Have you bothered looking at a map to see the layout of the town? There’s open fields behind it and it’s about the last building in town. It’s a little nothing spot in the road that grew up between I-35 and the railroad in the 1800s with farm land all around. There is absolutely nothing there for tourists to stop for except their annual single weekend Westfest celebration and to grab some kolaches.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 4:24:09 PM PDT by bgill
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To: GeronL

I discounted the 60 to 70 as iffy last night...The new number from the Mayor is based on missing..No one else is saying. It may take days and days to get a true number.
I hope and pray the number is lower than the Mayor’s number.


15 posted on 04/18/2013 4:24:48 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33

Me too


16 posted on 04/18/2013 4:25:42 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Zakeet

shame most of the media can’t really cover this issue and would rather focus on Boston but then again TX is the south and a republican state where a small town was destroyed, boston is a liberal yuppie city in the north so in their mind it’s far more important


17 posted on 04/18/2013 4:47:02 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: bgill

If people from other areas traveled through many parts of Texas they would see many small towns just like West, Texas. There is a set of railroad tracks and everything else just sort of sprung up around them. When most of these towns were occupied and being built, there were no rules which is probably one of the reasons why the people built there.

There is also a set of relatively busy railroad tracks running through Houston, part of which is very close to River Oaks and the Galleria. Pricey homes and upscale businesses. After you live there a while you don’t even notice the sound of the trains and they have all co-existed for a very long time.


18 posted on 04/18/2013 4:50:09 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: bgill; MEG33; MissTed
This is the link I read. I didn't click it or read it.

FYI

Documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News indicate that regulators didn't issue a permit for the facility until after it was already in use, and that they were well aware of its proximity to homes and a school. Columnist Tod Robberson writes that the incident should be a wake-up call to cities to zone dangerous businesses more carefully. "Someone needs to be called to account," he writes.

19 posted on 04/18/2013 4:59:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Alberta's Child
This plant isn't even located within the city limits of West, Tx. I suspect it was built long before the town spread outward toward it. If you look at a map of the town it is about 1 1/2 miles long by 1/2 mile wide running parallel to I-35. Get the IH frontage for taxing.
20 posted on 04/18/2013 5:01:32 PM PDT by deport
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To: manc

CNN has covered this West explosion story extensively..I live in Waco so I watched this news on every channel I could..Cable news really carried this.
My local NBC station carried it overnight..

I saw extensive coverage in Newspapers, too.

Of course today they covered him who shall not be named attending Boston service..He will always get covered...and I managed to miss all but a brief glimpse of him.

Of course they would cover those released videos of possible suspects in terror attack.

Many wonderful people are working , giving and caring for those affected by this terrible explosion. God bless the givers and rescuers helping the people of West.


21 posted on 04/18/2013 5:23:39 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: GeronL

All they’ve got today is wreckage. They don’t know what they’ve got.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 6:39:17 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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prayers Westward this night . . .
23 posted on 04/18/2013 6:39:41 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: lentulusgracchus

Prayers and waiting, too.

West is a neat little town, love stopping there. Maybe this
weekend I will go spend some money there... if it’s time.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 6:43:54 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: manc

Bigger issue is that bad guys who did Boston are still loose and a continuing threat, whereas we’re all hoping that what happened in Waco is a tragic accident.


25 posted on 04/18/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Grams A

Not to mention the cobweb of gas lines that run through virtually every neighborhood in Harris County. Have you seen the maps?

This world is prone to both manmade and natural disaster, always has been, always will be.


26 posted on 04/18/2013 8:02:11 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: GeronL

Yesterday, they were guessing.

Today, sadly, they are counting.


27 posted on 04/18/2013 8:03:21 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

Haven’t looked at any maps of the area but you are right - there is simply no way to be disaster free so I choose not to worry about it.

I am sure no one envisioned even 20 years ago that Harris County would house so many people and cover so many miles so everything was just kind of hooked on in something of a mish mash pattern. I am a supporter of zoning and that is certainly something that does not exist in our part of the world. Seems like Houston is always on the quest for additional areas to annex for the purpose of increasing their tax base without necessarily considering what it will cost to maintain the infrastructure.

I like being close to but not in the city and have moved to the suburbs along with what seems like half of the rest of the world. Growing pains abound everywhere you go. Hate to think what is going to happen if amnesty passes.


28 posted on 04/18/2013 8:54:27 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Zakeet
It was a truly incredible explosion.
29 posted on 04/19/2013 3:32:19 AM PDT by Oratam
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