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Authorities say between 5 and 15
killed in West explosion;
rescue efforts continue

Waco Herald-Tribune [TX], by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/18/2013 11:30:27 AM

UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: A statement from President Barack Obama on the explosion: “Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded.(Snip)McLennan County Judge Scott Felton has issued a declaration of disaster for the county. ---- UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.: Officials say three or four West volunteer firefighters remain missing

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Interviews with West residents relate pulling children from destroyed homes, rescuing elderly folks from under collapsed walls. It continues.

This piece includes the updates back to the original reports.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/18/2013 7:53:11 PM     (No. 9283645)

This was a storage tank. There were no chemical reactions being carried out. Pressurized tank trucks brought the anhydrous ammonia in and filled the tank. The fire department had been on the scene and were fighting a small fire at this distribution facility.

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