Massive Texas fertilizer plant explosion kills an estimated five-15 people

by Cassady Craighill

April 18, 2013

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Five-15 people are reported dead and at least 160 injured after an explosion from a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a town north of Waco. Our thoughts are with those impacted by this tragedy.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has sent a large investigation team to the scene. The plant had 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a highly volatile gas used in making fertilizer. The town’s mayor said the explosion itself was like “a nuclear bomb,” and was picked up as a 2.1 magnitude tremor.

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Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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