Black People : Hundreds believed injured in Texas fertilizer plant blast

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  1. Keita Kenyatta

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    By Regina Davis
    WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were likely injured in a fiery explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, that damaged or destroyed numerous buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said.
    The blast was reported at about 8 p.m. CDT (0100 GMT on Thursday) in West, a town of some 2,700 people about 80 miles south of Dallas and 20 miles north of Waco.
    "It's a lot of devastation. I've never seen anything like this," said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. "It looks like a war zone with all the debris."
    There was no immediate official word on what sparked the explosion as emergency personnel assisted victims and doused the flames.
    A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, told Reuters the blast had probably caused "hundreds of casualties" and damaged many homes. He added that a nearby nursing home had collapsed from the explosion and that people were believed trapped inside.
    McNamara said the nursing home and much of the center of town had been evacuated, and that residences near the explosion had been leveled.
    The air in town remained thick with smoke more than two hours after the explosion, and the area around the blast site was littered with shards of wood, bricks and glass.
    A Reuters reporter observed that a nearby middle school and several homes were severely burned. Dallas television station WFAA reported from

    http://news.yahoo.com/police-report-fertilizer-plant-explosion-near-waco-texas-015859240.html
     
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    Saw that, and I'm still shaking my head, figuring how a fertilizer plant has that kind of fire power, wow:wow:

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    Fertilizer is one of the easiest things to use for a bomb, according to my military training....particularly animal fertilizer, which it probably was.
     
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    i feel very sorrow when anyone gets hurt :( ...specially when black people are hurt!
     
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    Okay, got it ... thanks,




    Ammonium nitrate is an important fertilizer with the NPK rating 34-0-0 (34% nitrogen).[3] It is less concentrated than urea (45-0-0) giving ammonium nitrate a slight transportation disadvantage. Ammonium nitrate's advantage over urea is that it is more stable and does not lose nitrogen to the atmosphere. During warm weather, urea should only be applied before imminent rain in order to minimize nitrogen loss.[4][5]


    Ammonium nitrate


    The chemical compoundammonium nitrate, the nitrate ofammonia with the chemical formula NH4NO3, is a white crystalline solid at room temperature and standard pressure. It is commonly used inagriculture as a high-nitrogenfertilizer, and it has also been used as an oxidizing agent inexplosives, including improvised explosive devices. It is the main component of ANFO, a popular explosive.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_nitrate
     
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    This blast was felt as far as 70 miles away, wow:






    This is massive Family, and tantamount to a nuclear explosion...

     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ... There's the culprit, and Local Management is on record saying this kind of outcome was never thought possible, smh:


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    Photo By MIKE STONE/REUTERS​

    Rescuers search ruins of Texas fertilizer plant

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.
    Daybreak revealed a breathtaking band of destruction extending from the West Fertilizer Co. in this small farming community about 20 miles north of Waco. The thunderous blast shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away.
    http://news.yahoo.com/rescuers-search-ruins-texas-fertilizer-plant-145136932.html

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    ... The blast was so powerful, officials say, it registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake and could be felt as far as 45 miles away.

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    Police in Texas say it's not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.



    Police: Unclear how many trapped after Texas blast

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas say it's not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.
    Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton says early Thursday he doesn't know how many people have been rescued since the Wednesday night explosion in downtown West.
    http://news.yahoo.com/police-unclear-many-trapped-texas-blast-133522962.html


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    ... Yep, back in the news after a short evacuation period of the entire city, smh:


    Texas fertilizer company didn't heed disclosure rules before blast

    By Joshua Schneyer, Ryan McNeill and Janet Roberts
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a smallTexas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount ofammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
    Yet a person familiar with DHS operations said the company that owns the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer as it is required to do, leaving one of the principal regulators of ammonium nitrate - which can also be used in bomb making - unaware of any danger there.

    http://news.yahoo.com/texas-fertili...isclosure-rules-blast-171654800--finance.html


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    ... It is what it is ...


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    Officers talk to residents before clearing them to return to their homes in West Texas (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

    Residents return to homes near Texas explosion site but uncertainty reigns

    WEST, Texas—For the second day in a row, more than 100 displaced residents here lined up to gain access to their homes near the site of Wednesday’s deadly fertilizer explosion that killed 14 and injured at least 200.
    City officials began allowing residents in homes farthest away from the center of the blast site late Saturday, but imposed a strict curfew, permitting people to only enter the site between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Residents have the option of staying in their homes if they aren’t heavily damaged, but most of the area remains without power or running water. The explosion leveled a five-square block area of town, destroying dozens of homes, a nursing home and an apartment building adjacent to the plant.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout...s-explosion-uncertainty-reigns-142025348.html


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