Absolutely devestating news in West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant exploded on Wednesday evening after a fire. Firefighters were fighting the fire at the time of the explosion. Two are dead, many more are feared dead, and hundreds injured, dozens critically. A middle school, a nursing home, an apartment building, and scores of homes were leveled by the blast, which the Associate Press reports could be heard 45 miles away. The town has been evacuated for fears of a second explosion, along with the fear of breathing in chemicals from the blast.
Via the Waco Tribune:
“I said, ‘This thing is going to blow’ . . . and I told my mom and dad to get in the car,” Bohannan said. “I was standing next to my car with my fiancee, waiting for my parents to come out and (the plant) exploded. It knocked us into the car . . . Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.”
"The fertilizer plant down here exploded, said Jason Shelton, a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West. "It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb. I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows," Shelton said. "There's houses leveled that were right next to it. We've got people injured and possibly dead."
This is the video from the blast. It's absolutely chilling. Via HyperVocal:
The GIF, via HyperVocal:
Even more freaky is this New York Times cover from April 17, 1947, via Tim Murphy:
Thoughts + prayers for West, Texas and those affected. Thoughts go out for the first responders This is truly awful.
Everything about this week has been truly awful.