A fire and horrific explosion took place around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. People for miles around felt the explosion -- with many thinking that an earthquake had occurred or the storms expected to North Texas had hit. It registered 2.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale.
Here is a YouTube video of the explosion -- taken by someone about a quarter mile from the site, according to reports.
The first reports were that 60-70 are dead and hundreds injured (although as of the press conference around 2 a.m., no known numbers are available). A nursing home is the business located nearest to the plant. Evacuations began when the fire was reported -- before the explosion occurred. Residents were moved but there were some fatalities at the nursing home, according to reports. Update: As of noon Thursday, 15 are known dead.
There's nothing I can do to elaborate on the tragic event but I just want to say that my thoughts are with the victims, families and rescue crews tonight. And I encourage you all to give blood if you can.
THE BEST WAY TO HELP: Give blood. Contact Carter Blood Care. You can donate at locations from Addison, Allen, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Waco and even Weatherford. Here is a link to find where to donate blood in the area.
Not Familiar With West, Texas?
West is about 20 miles north of Waco on I-35 and known for the Little Czech Bakery and Czech Stop. The population of West is about 2,800.