National Post

‘It’s like a nuclear bomb went off’: Rescue workers search rubble as up to 15 killed, 160 injured by plant explosion in Texas
Rescue workers searched rubble that witnesses compared to a war zone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

The explosion in downtown West, about 20 miles north of Waco, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away. It sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.

“They are still getting injured folks out and they are evacuating people from their homes,” Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning. He added later, “At some point this will turn into a recovery operation, but at this point, we are still in search and rescue.” (AP Photo/Andy Bartee; AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

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    Holy shit this happened like 30 miles of where I live
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    Can’t believe this was a year ago.
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    This happened a year ago.
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    TW: West TX Plant Explosion
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    The problems of West are the really big problems facing our society today.
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