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Huge Explosion in Fertilizer plant, Waco, TX UPDATE: 160 + Injured

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04-18-2013, 12:43 AM
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This explosion registered on seismograph over 300 miles away in Amarillo. The equivalent of a 2.1 earthquake.

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04-18-2013, 12:46 AM
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04-18-2013, 12:47 AM
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http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state...ed-no-risk.ece

"The fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in West, Texas, reported to the Environmental Protection Agency and local public safety officials that it presented no risk of fire or explosion, documents show.

West Fertilizer Co. reported having as much as 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia on hand in an emergency planning report required of facilities that use toxic or hazardous chemicals.

But the report, reviewed Wednesday night by The Dallas Morning News, stated “no” under fire or explosive risks. The worst possible scenario, the report said, would be a 10-minute release of ammonia gas that would kill or injure no one."

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04-18-2013, 12:58 AM
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04-18-2013, 01:16 AM
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Oh crap, that was one massive explosion.

Fire + fertilizer = bad. They use that crap to make homemade bombs do they not?

My well wishes for everyone involved.


Edit. Btw, why the hell would you send in firefighters to an fire at a fertilizer plant? I know they want to help, but that **** is so damn explosive.


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04-18-2013, 01:24 AM
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Oh crap, that was one massive explosion.

Fire + fertilizer = bad. They use that crap to make homemade bombs do they not?

My well wishes for everyone involved.


Edit. Btw, why the hell would you send in firefighters to an fire at a fertilizer plant? I know they want to help, but that **** is so damn explosive.
I imagine it was small fire that quickly grew out of control

You cant just let a fire burn around explosive chemicals/etc and not attempt to put it

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04-18-2013, 01:30 AM
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I imagine it was small fire that quickly grew out of control

You cant just let a fire burn around explosive chemicals/etc and not attempt to put it
I obviously has only seen the video of the explosion and you're probably right. Looking at the size of the fire before the explosion the firefighters by then must have known they were losing that battle.
Probably too brave for their own good...

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04-18-2013, 01:31 AM
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Damn, so many homes and apartments just leveled.

Has the fire been contained yet?

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04-18-2013, 01:34 AM
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Damn, so many homes and apartments just leveled.

Has the fire been contained yet?
I think I heard they aren't trying to contain it right now because of the risk of another explosion occurring.

Also, apparently water mixed with ammonium nitrate can be explosive and some are suggesting that the first attempt to stop the fire could have caused the explosion.

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I think I heard they aren't trying to contain it right now because of the risk of another explosion occurring.
Damn, that makes sense though. Are any of those kind of chemicals now airborne? I knew I should have taken chemistry at some point in my education.

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04-18-2013, 01:39 AM
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What a ****ed up week! RIP to the victims. Just hearing about this right now and I can't help but think of what happned in Las Vegas in the 80's when over 80 people were killed in an explosion at the old MGM Grand Hotel in addition to this.

OH MY!

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04-18-2013, 01:41 AM
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Pretty ridiculous that a plant like this can be built and operated so close to civilians, massive engineering fail on the part of waco planners.

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04-18-2013, 01:48 AM
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Pretty ridiculous that a plant like this can be built and operated so close to civilians, massive engineering fail on the part of waco planners.
As has been said numerous times, the plant was there first and the town just crept closer and closer with development/expansion. And there are tons of plants and factories like these that are risks of explosion or fire that are built close to towns but it's not a huge risk the chances of this happening are unbelievably low. What happened tonight is a very rare and tragic event, like an earthquake or any other natural disaster.

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04-18-2013, 01:49 AM
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Pretty ridiculous that a plant like this can be built and operated so close to civilians, massive engineering fail on the part of waco planners.
It's pretty common, our town has 22 million gallon propane fuel tanks pretty close to a residential area.



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Well, if you compare this explosion to Boston attack... I mean people's irresponsibility and slovenliness cost much more, than terrorism...

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04-18-2013, 05:30 AM
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Terrible. RIP.

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04-18-2013, 06:18 AM
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I wonder if they're trying to fight the fire by air. If it's too unsafe for firefighters, they could just air-drop extinguishing agents.

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04-18-2013, 07:03 AM
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From twitter
@BreakingNews: Police say firefighters and police officers likely unaccounted for in West; strong winds hindering rescue efforts, police say - live video

@BreakingNews: Small contingent of firefighters have gone back into fertilizer plant, fire reportedly under control, police tell media - live video

@BreakingNews: 'At this point we don't know' police say, when asked about cause of fire at Texas plant; cannot rule out criminal activity - live video

@BreakingNews: Report: Between 3 and 5 firefighters missing following massive blast at West, Texas, fertilizer plant, police say - live video

@BreakingNews: 'I have heard no indications that this is anything other than an accidental fire' Waco Police Sgt. tells press following blast - live video

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04-18-2013, 08:10 AM
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Horrible. Legitimately nervous to hear the details on this. Just not a good week for the states. My deepest condolences to those impacted by this and God bless Texas.

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04-18-2013, 08:29 AM
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All the major news sources are saying 5-15 dead but it could spike to 60-70 so I'll change the title for now.

"It could be between five and 15, Swanton said. Dr. George Smith, the city's emergency management system director, said it could spike to 60 or 70."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/tex...html?hpt=hp_t1

Let's hope it doesn't..that's a huge spike from 15.

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04-18-2013, 08:30 AM
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Nows there's reports of looting.

WTF is wrong with people.

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Went to bed expecting 200 death toll. Still could go up but 15 not as bad.

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Nows there's reports of looting.

WTF is wrong with people.
Seriously? People looting. Got a sauce?

Very tragic to hear. I hope the fatalities aren't as high as originally feared. I know some people will question if this is a terrorist attack after what happened in Boston but I highly doubt it. I'd find it very odd for a terrorist to focus on a small town of 2,849 people. Not saying that it can be ruled though but it's most likely an accident.

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