West, Texas

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What Happens When an American Town Explodes

Inside the deadly West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion

(Newser) - "I've never seen destruction like that," says a firefighter with decades of experience with destruction. On April 17, 2013, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded , killing 15 people and injuring 252 more—nearly 10% of the town's population. A rest home "folded like a... More »

Paramedic at Texas Blast Arrested, Had 'Destructive Device'

Police haven't said if arrest is connected to the blast

(Newser) - Federal investigators have launched a criminal probe into the horrific West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others, just hours after they arrested one of the first responders who was on the scene of that tragedy—though those two facts haven't been connected. Paramedic... More »

Texas Plant Had No Sprinklers, Fire Walls

10 first responders believed to be among the dead: mayor

(Newser) - Authorities are coming to grips with the extent of the devastation following a Wednesday night explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant . About 200 people were injured and 12 bodies have been recovered so far, the AP reports. That's far fewer than the nearly 40 victims Mayor Tommy Muska had... More »

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