Numerous Injuries Reported In West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

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  1. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Holy Crap!

    Reports of 2 major explosions!

    http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/...orted-At-West-Fertilizer-Plant-203505331.html

    WACO (April 17, 2013)—Emergency crews from throughout Central Texas responded Wednesday night after a major explosion at a burning fertilizer plant in West north of Waco.

    West firefighters were dispatched to the plant earlier in the evening after an earlier fire rekindled.

    The explosion was reported at around 7:50 p.m. in a frantic radio call from the scene of the fire at West Fertilizer at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35.

    Numerous injuries were reported and multiple ambulances were requested.

    Several buildings were reported destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.

    There were reports that people were trapped in the nursing home and in an apartment building.

    Scanner traffic indicated that some residents of both the nursing home and apartment building were severely injured.

    Department of Public Safety troopers transported some victims to hospitals in patrol cars, said Gayle Scarbrough at the DPS Communications Center in Waco.

    A triage area was established at the intersection of Haven and North Reagan Streets, but it was later moved to Marable and Meadow Streets.

    Six helicopters were en route to West and were landing at the baseball field on Tokio Road, south of town, said Gayle Scarbrough, Department of Public Safety Communications in Waco.

    A number of buildings were reported to be burning, some in residential areas and evacuations were underway.

    West Middle School was one of the buildings reported to be on fire.

    Injured victims were being taken to area hospitals.

    An officer was dispatched to provide crowd control at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, which issued a call to all staffers to report.

    The explosion knocked out power to a large area of the community.

    Oncor’s online outage site showed more than a thousand customers without power.


    Oncor Outage Website


    Interstate 35 remained open, but a number of emergency vehicles were on the highway headed to West and from West to hospitals.

    A woman who was passing through West on Interstate 35 at the time of the explosion said she and her boyfriend saw a fireball 100-feet wide shoot into the air.

    A man who lives 15 miles northwest of Hillsboro felt the concussion from the explosion.

    Army Sgt. Rocky J. Havens said in an e-mail he felt the shock in Italy, north of Hillsboro.

    Tonya Harris of Groesbeck said in an e-mail she heard the explosion.

    “My husband and l were cleaning up the kitchen after supper, and heard what we thought was someone running into our house. It shook our windows and doors. We immediately ran outside looking for the worst,” she said.

    Crystal Dahlman of Blum said in an e-mail, “the explosion shook and rumbled my house worse than thunder.”

    Brad Smith of Waxahachie said he and his wife heard what sounded like a thunderclap.

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  2. DFlynt

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    Thoughts and prayers going out for the injured.
     

  3. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Prayers and thoughts for all those at and around the plant.

    This is very bad.

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Explosion-Rocks-Fertilizer-Plant-During-Fire-203508011.html

    Another forum, a member is reporting via scanner conversations that the water pressure is low and trucks running out. Main part of downtown is not passable. The other containment tank at the plant has caught fire.

    http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2677

    Here is a video from the air.

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  4. Zombiegirl

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    Axxe, this thread....
     
  5. nitestalker

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    Dust control is always a danger in these plants. Dust and static electricity generated by high velocity particulate moving though rubber conveyances. This adds up to explosions in plants and grain mills.:eek:
     
  6. Bigcountry02

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  7. Axxe55

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    this happened about 110 miles west of us here in East Texas. looks really bad.

    West is just north of Waco off I-35.
     
  8. DFlynt

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    EMS director in West is reporting 60-70 dead. :( I pray to God he's wrong. Said at least 5 Firefighters and 1 Police officer dead.
     
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  9. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I just added another link for the video and from CBS has information and pic of apartment complex - Holy Crap!
     
  10. DFlynt

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    Sitting here listening to the Broadcastify link you provided Bigcountry, Union Pacific called the call center telling them they had spotted a tank car with 200,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia there this morning and the National Guard called asking if they needed help.
     
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  12. Bigcountry02

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    From another thread, also reports are coming in of C-130 with supplies:

     
  13. sputnik1988

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    Just saw the video with the guy in the truck on The Blaze, the feeling I got when the explosion happened is indescribable. Prayers to all those affected.
     
  14. texaswoodworker

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    My thoughts and prayers are with the dead, the injured, and their friends and family. :(

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  15. Jake86

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. God bless....
     
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  17. gfroniewski

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    That's exactly how I felt as well. I couldn't believe it when it happened in the video. "Hundreds" of homes surrounding the plant were obliterated. I read that the retirement home was successfully evacuated. They also found one of the lost LEOs and he is ok! Still missing 3 firefighters, unfortunately. I go to school at UT, and I pass through West every time I go home...this is just crazy.