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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 »

Only 3 Things Could Have Caused Texas Blast

Official cause of West Fertilizer disaster: 'undetermined'

(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... 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 »

Obama at Texas Memorial: 'You Are Not Forgotten'

President travels to Waco near site of plant explosion

(Newser) - President Obama and the first lady took part in a memorial service in Waco, Texas, this afternoon for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion . While the "eyes of the world may have been fixed on places far away, our hearts have also been here in your... 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 »

Scores Hurt as Blast Rocks Fertilizer Plant Near Waco

Devastating explosion hits West, Texas

(Newser) - A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco tonight injured dozens of people, left the factory a smoldering ruin, and damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. The blast at the plant in West, a community north of Waco, happened shortly before 8pm and could be heard 45 miles... More »

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