Massive explosion at Texas fertilizer plant levels homes, buildings

Rescue teams going house to house in search of casualties

Explosion at fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Thu, Apr 18 2013 02:20:58

At least two people are dead and dozens more are injured after an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, according to local reports. The Waco Tribune says the explosion occurred just before 8pm in West, Texas.  One local appears to have caught some of it on video from his cell phone. The explosion occurs around the 0:29 mark.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texaszidyboby
The news was coming in so quickly via Twitter, and much of the information couldn’t be confirmed. Many of the early photos of the explosion were determined to be fake.
We are efforting more information on blast near Waco. Trying to confirm details. I’d rather be right with the info than first.Anderson Cooper
 These pictures were posted by the Waco Tribune.
A building in West sustained heavy damage in plant explosion. Latest: (Rod Aydelotte/Trib)
Another shot from photog Rod Aydelotte at West explosion. Latest here:
Dozens injured after violent explosion at West fertilizer plant Latest: (Rod Aydelotte/Trib)
Other updates were coming from local journalists and official sources.
Hillcrest CEO: Ambulances responded from across region. 6 choppers sent from Hillcrest after winds died down.Lowell Brown
Gripping Images Of The Explosion At A Fertilizer Factory Near Waco, Texas… News
Surreal scene in West. Helicopters hanging over the city fire police ambulances everywhere.WacoPolice
Aftermath of the explosion in #West, Texas Pictures
Law enforcement is advising residents to leave town immediatelyWest (TX) ISD
75 to 100 houses, businesses completely destroyed around Texas fertilizer plant explosion News
Very hectic still. Trying to secure surrounding neighborhoods and still evac injured.WacoPolice
CNN was reporting that at least two are dead. This tweet came just after midnight from a doctor in Waco, Texas.
#westexplosion PACU is full. SICU is full. Still empty beds on the wards at Hillcrest. EVERY PATIENT WHO ARRIVED AT HILLCREST IS STILL ALIVEDr. Bradford Holland
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