Explosive in Texas Plant Blast Revealed
West Fertilizer expected to file for bankruptcy
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2013 7:23 PM CDT
An investigators carries a piece of debris amid the destroyed fertilizer plant in West, Texas.   (AP Photo/Pool/ LM Otero)

(Newser) – As expected, investigators have confirmed that the explosive behind the West Fertilizer plant blast last month was ammonium nitrate. However, they still don't know how it was ignited—the investigation will take another one to two weeks to determine that, the AP reports. As you may recall, the plant was storing some 270 tons of ammonium nitrate, 1,350 times what it should have had without telling Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, lawyers have discovered that the plant only carried $1 million in liability insurance, the AP reports. "This lack of insurance coverage is just consistent with the overall lack of responsibility we've seen from the fertilizer plant, starting from the fact that from day one they have yet to acknowledge responsibility," said one of the lawyers. He says that he expects West Fertilizer to divide the million up amongst those who have filed lawsuits against the company, then file for bankruptcy.

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May 7, 2013 11:54 AM CDT
wow some one should go to prison over this . breaking federal law not carrying enough insurance . it almost like companies really dont give a damn about the public and are just out to make as much as possible . yea asking a industry to police itself is a good thing i mean heel it works in mexico so it must be good .
May 7, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
What a bunch of geniuses! A plant that makes fertilizer blew up from ignited fertilizer.
May 7, 2013 1:57 AM CDT