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Up to 15 killed, more than 160 injured in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

An explosion in the town of West, Texas, (video) which is about 20 miles north of Waco, killed up to 15 people and injured more than 160, authorities say. Among the damaged buildings were 50 to 75 homes, an apartment complex with about 50 units and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home.

 

 

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April 18: Gov. Rick Perry answers questions about the state's emergency response to the explosion and fires in West, Texas.
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April 18: The front of an apartment complex is destroyed after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant in West, Texas
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April 18: The remains of the the fertilizer plant smolder in the rain in West, Texas.
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April 18: A search and rescue dog is led through the blast zone destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 18: Firefighter conduct a search and rescue operation at an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 18: A destroyed car sits as firefighters conduct a search and rescue of an apartment complex destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 18: The remains of the the West Fertilizer Co. plant smolder in the rain in West, Texas.
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April 18: The remains of a silo that was part of a fertilizer plant burns after the plant exploded Wednesday night in West, Texas.
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April 18, 2013: Firefighters use flashlights to search a destroyed apartment complex near a fertilizer plant that exploded earlier in West, Texas.
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April 18, 2013: A fire burns in an apartment complex destroyed near a fertilizer plant that exploded earlier in West, Texas.

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April 18, 2013: Firefighters us flashlights to search a destroyed apartment complex near a fertilizer plant that exploded earlier in West, Texas.
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April 18: Fire could be seen shooting to the sky from the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas.
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Medical personnel wait for dozens of patients after a Wednesday evening explosion in West, Texas. At least 160 people were injured and up to 15 killed.
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April 18: Fire rages at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after an explosion that registered as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake in the area, according to USGS.
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April 18: Smoke can be seen billowing from the site of a Wednesday evening explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 18: A makeshift triage center is assembled in the middle of a local high school’s football field.

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April 18: Flames pour out of a fertilizer factory in the city of West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: An unidentified man injured by the West fertilizer plant explosion is treated by nurses from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Hospital in Waco, Texas. (AP /Waco Tribune Herald)
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April 17, 2013: A victim from the West fertilizer plant explosion is wheeled into Hillcrest Baptist Medical Hospital in Waco, Texas. (AP/Waco Tribune Herald)
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April 17, 2013: An injured elderly person is assisted by two young males as a nursing home is evacuated after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013" Emergency workers evacuate elderly from a damaged nursing home following an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas.

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April 17, 2013: A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas after an explosion.
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April 17, 2013: A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas after an explosion.
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April 17, 2013: An emergency worker walks through damaged apartment building following a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: Rescue workers pass a damaged apartment complex after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium following an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: A fire fighter searches a nursing home that was damaged after an explosion at a neary by fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: A victim from the West fertilizer plant explosion is wheeled into Hillcrest Baptist Medical Hospital in Waco, Texas.
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April 17, 2013: Baylor University student's hold a candle light vigil outside Waco Hall for the victim's of the West fertilizer plant explosion.
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Firefighters walk next to a destroyed apartment complex near a fertilizer plant that exploded earlier in West, Texas, in this photo made early Thursday morning, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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A fire smokes near a fertilizer plant that exploded earlier in West, Texas, in this photo made early Thursday morning, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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This video image porvided by KWTX-TV shows an injured woman from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night April 17, 2013 being helped into a waiting ambulance in West Texas. The blast injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings. (AP Photo/KWTX-TV)
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Firefighters search an area destroyed by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, in this photo made early Thursday morning, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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A firefighter walks past a pickup truck with debris from a storage shed on it at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas after an explosion Wednesday April 17, 2013. A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES
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Up to 15 killed, more than 160 injured in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

An explosion in the town of West, Texas, (video) which is about 20 miles north of Waco, killed up to 15 people and injured more than 160, authorities say. Among the damaged buildings were 50 to 75 homes, an apartment complex with about 50 units and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home.

 

 

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