Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas
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Explosions rocked a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Wednesday evening
as firefighters were battling a fire, causing multiple injuries,
Dani Moore, dispatcher with the Texas
Department of Pubic Safety, said she did not know how many were injured
or the extent of their injuries.
"The fertilizer plant was on
fire. Firefighters were on the scene. There was an explosion ...
followed by a second explosion,'' she said.
She said there were
multiple damages to structures and vehicles. She said she had no
information on the cause of the blasts or fire.
at least 10 structures were on fire, including a school which is next
door to the plant. An emergency triage center was set up at a high
school football field.
The TV station said on its website that a shock wave was felt in parts of North Texas.
The Waco Tribune reported injuries to several people including firefighters.
The fertilizer plant is about 20 miles north of Waco and just off Interstate 35.
reported one of the nearby buildings damaged was a nursing home, and
state troopers transported some of the injured to hospitals in patrol
It also said the explosion knocked out electrical power to part of the community.
Baptist Medical Center in Waco, was receiving some of the injured.
Answering the phone at the hospital, Karen Jackson said she could
provide no information on the number of injured or the extent.
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