Explosion Hits Texas Ammonia Plant

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

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Explosion Hits Texas Ammonia Plant

An explosion struck Adair Grain Inc.’s fertilizer facility in the town of West, Texas, killing an unknown number of people, injuring at least 100 and leveling buildings. Local media said as many as 70 people may have died.

The blast occurred after 7 p.m. local time yesterday following a fire at about 6:30 p.m. at the site, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Dallas, West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

“We’ve got a lot of people who are hurt, and there’s a lot of people, I’m sure, who aren’t going to be here tomorrow,” Muska told reporters, saying that his town of about 2,800 residents needs “your prayers.”