West Plant Held 270 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate, Texas Says

The West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday killing as many as 15 people held 270 tons of ammonium nitrate as of Dec. 31, according to a report from the Texas State Department of Health Services.

The Adair Grain Inc. plant also held 110,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, according to the e-mailed Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory report.

Explosions of ammonium nitrate have caused some of the world’s most deadly industrial accidents.

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