Thursday, April 18, 2013

Massive fire and explosion in Texas


Massive blast reduces Texas town to 'war zone': Up to 15 dead and hundreds more injured as explosion rips through fertilizer plant 
A member of the city council, Al Vanek, said the area was 'totally decimated' and McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara commented 'It looks like a war zone with all the debris.'

The toll of devastation included 50 to 75 houses, an apartment complex with about 50 units that one state police officer said was reduced to 'a skeleton,' a middle school and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home, from which first-responders evacuated 133 patients, some in wheelchairs

Texas Department of Public Safety D.L. Wilson said the damage was comparable to the destruction caused by the 1995 bomb blast that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Fire set off the explosion. At this time there is no indication the blast was anything other than an industrial accident.

Much more at the link. There are lots of pictures and video.

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