More terrible news for an already grieving nation. A huge explosion at a fertilizer plant has laid waste or caused structual damage to everything in some 20 to 30 square miles in the town of West, Texas (West is the town’s name, it does not refer directly to the region of Western Texas) located 19 miles north of Waco, between Dallas and Austin, on Interstate 35. The air is rife with noxious fumes, casualties are estimated to be in the hundreds, the devastation is so great no one can really say yet.
WFAA DFW – “We’ve heard that figure of 60 to 70 dead that’s coming from the county’s emergency management office down here,” said WFAA reporter Todd Unger a short distance from the blast epicenter. “I can tell you that a couple of law enforcement soucres expect that number to go up.”
Mayor Tommy Muska said at 11 p.m. that most of the fires resulting from the explosion were contained. He could not confirm a death toll. Muaka added that 133 people at a nearby nursing home all had to be evacuated.
“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” said one man who was looking for a lost relative on Willie Nelson Road.
This will not be like Boston, where emergency responders outnumbered the injured and area hospitals with some of the best trauma ER’s in the world were waiting for victims. This is a small Texas town, pop ~ 2500 … I was through this area just the other day. I-35 is under construction in that region, in some places it was down to one lane. It must be a fiery clusterfuck from hell this evening.