Fertilizer Plant Fire and Explosion

A fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, caused an explosion so powerful it collapsed a number of nearby buildings, including a nursing home, an apartment complex, and many homes. It was so forceful, in fact, that it registered a magnitude 2.1 seismic tremor and was felt 80 mi (129 km) away in Dallas. The evacuation of nearby residents had already begun prior to the blast, but many were still in the area when the plant exploded and became trapped inside damaged buildings, some of which also ignited. Tragically, as many as 15 people are believed to have perished and more than 160 others suffered injuries. More… Discuss

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