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Old 04-17-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas - CNN.com

An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in West Texas, causing dozens of injuries, officials said.

A hospital in Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was being set up on a football field near the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.

"We have had a steady flow of patients coming in by ambulance as well as by private vehicles," Robinson told CNN's Anderson Cooper. He said more than a dozen injured people had been brought in by ambulances and "more than 20 -- that number is continuing to climb -- by private vehicle."

A photo after the explosion -- which reportedly happened around 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) -- showed a huge plume of smoke rising high into the air.

The West Fertilizer Plant is located just north of Waco. A school and a nursing home are among the buildings near the plant, CNN affiliate KWTX reported.

Senator Brian Birdwell said he was aware of the explosion and trying to get more information, a spokesman said.

"I stand ready to assist with any and all state resources that might aid the affected area," Birdwell said in a written statement.

Tommy Alford, who works in a convenience store about three miles from the plant, told CNN that several volunteer firefighters were at the store when they spotted smoke.

Alford said the firefighters headed toward the scene and then between five and 10 minutes later, he heard a massive explosion.

Hazardous material teams were being rushed to the scene, an emergency management official said.
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Too early to tell if its deliberate or an accident..being a fertiziler plant and all. One article said this marks the 20th anniversary of the Waco Massacre too.
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Plant was already on fire well before the big blast:

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UPDATE: EMS Director Says 60 To 70 Dead In West Explosion

60-70 deaths so far
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saw posts saying it was an atomic bomb, ya.. no

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wow this is serious as fuck

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ammonium nitrate was what exploded... shit

reports that elderly home half a km away destroyed...
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Just after the Boston Marathon tragedy too, what's with all this terrible news lately
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I predict hundreds dead.

After the first explosion there is a large amount of responders...
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What is it with the month of April

OKC Bombing

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Old 04-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #13
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word is there were first responders on scene before the explosion

half a dozen volunteer firefighters unaccounted for alone....
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Fuck, that's really sad. RIP to all the victims and thoughts with their families. Freak accident.
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This is terrible news. Old folks homes were flattened?
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-hoping for more peaceful days ahead in the United States. My first thought was for the safety of my cousins and friends living in New York, LA, and Arizona.
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70 confirmed dead, 200 injured..

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There's also an earthquake in the middle east,

"bad" stuff happens all the time, with the power of the internet and globalization, we just hear about it more now. That and bad news is good for the news networks and media.
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HOLY FUCK, RIP and condolences to the ones that are affected and wish the city nothing but the best
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Too early. This only happened like 3 hours ago.

My bet is just industrial accident.
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There had to be an absolutely massive stash of A.N present to cause that kind of explosion, looks like a miniature nuke. This reminds me of the PEPCON explosion, pretty horrible.
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