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Only 3 Things Could Have Caused Texas Blast
Official cause of West Fertilizer disaster: 'undetermined'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2013 2:12 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2013 6:15 AM CDT
ATF special agent in charge Robert Champion talks with reporters during a news conference, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in West, Texas.   (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

(Newser) – Investigators working in the remnants of an exploded Texas fertilizer plant sifted by hand through untold grains of corn, moved tons of debris, and conducted more than 400 interviews while searching for the missing piece to solve what many officials compared to an extraordinary puzzle. One month after a fire triggered a massive blast killing 15 people, officials yesterday had to declare the cause of the blaze as "undetermined."

Investigators narrowed the number of possible causes to three: a problem with one of the plant's electrical systems, a battery-powered golf cart, and a criminal act. They ruled out a wide number of others, from a rail car on site loaded with fertilizer to someone smoking. They also ruled out the possibility that the blast was an act of terror, but not that it was a crime. The blast was actually two explosions: a small one that occurred about 20 minutes after the fire was reported, followed by a larger one a split second later, a fire spokesperson said. About 28 to 34 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the plant exploded.

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NYUFan
May 17, 2013 9:14 PM CDT
Happened down in Tax-us, where the criminal republicons let their business buds get away with murder. Boot all republicons out of all political offices, now! Start with Tax-us Gubenor Big Hair and Senator John Corn-ball.
StatMan
May 17, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
Undetermined? Seems like the answer the owner can use to wiggle out of any lawsuit. "It might have been caused by my neglect but it might have been set off by someone too". Reasonable doubt.
Libris_Fidelis
May 17, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
Well at least they are finally being honest about it... they just do not know! With the magnitude of that kind of an explosion, I would assume even the Uni-Bomber's public urinal-obtained pubic hairs would be impossible to find.