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Blast in US fertilizer plant, several injured

Thursday April 18, 2013 10:44:32 AM, Agencies

Houston: An explosion occurred at a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the US state of Texas and may have caused dozens of injuries, reported Xinhua citing a US media report.

The explosion happened around 7.50 p.m. at the plant some 28 km north of the Texas city of Waco, according to CNN.

A hospital in Waco has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming from the fertilizer plant area, a hospital official was quoted as saying.

 

Debby Marak told The Associated Press that when she finished teaching her religion class on Wednesday night, she noticed a lot of smoke coming from the area across town near the plant, which is near a nursing home.

 

She said she drove over to see what was happening, and that when she got out of her car two boys ran toward her screaming that the authorities told them to leave because the plant was going to explode. She said she drove about a block before the blast happened.

"It was like being in a tornado," the 58-year-old said by phone. "Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield."

"It was like the whole earth shook."

She drove 10 blocks and called her husband and asked him to come get her. When they got to their home about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) south of town, her husband told her what he'd seen: a huge fireball that rose like "a mushroom cloud."

More than two hours after the blast, there were still fires smoldering in what was left of the plant and others burning in nearby buildings.

 

In aerial footage from Dallas' NBC affiliate, WDFW, dozens of emergency vehicles could be seen amassed at the scene. Entry into the town of West was slow-going, as the roads were jammed with emergency vehicles rushing in to help out.

 

 





 

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