Explosion Hits Texas Ammonia Plant

By Michael B. Marois and Mike Lee - 2013-04-18T09:25:03Z

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Yesterday’s blast came two days before the 20th anniversary of the U.S. government’s raid on the Branch Davidian sect in Waco that killed 76, including cult leader David Koresh. In revenge for that incident, exactly two years later Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb containing ammonium nitrate in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

Calls to the Waco McLennan County Emergency Management office weren’t answered.

The town of West was named after a local business owner,Thomas West, and attracted German and Czech immigrants at the turn of the 19th century, according to the The Handbook of Texas Online.