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Explosion Hits Texas Ammonia Plant

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

Photograph by Larry W.Smith/EPA

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Fires and Ruins

Swanton said that police had been at the scene of the initial fire, and were aware that there was anhydrous ammonia inside the plant.

“About 50 minutes later, there was a massive explosion,” he said. Swanton declined to say how many people died in the incident, noting that several firefighters were unaccounted for.