BREAKING: Explosion at fertilizer plant near Waco, TX. Explosion felt as far away as Dallas...65 miles away. #Waco—
Thomas Pringle (@thomaspringle) April 18, 2013
There are reports of multiple injuries following an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Reports say the blast could be felt up to 65 miles away.
Emergency crews from throughout Central Texas responded Wednesday night after a major explosion at a burning fertilizer plant in West north of Waco. West firefighters were dispatched to the plant earlier in the evening after an earlier fire rekindled. The explosion was reported at around 7:50 p.m. in a frantic radio call from the scene of the fire at West Fertilizer at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35. Numerous injuries were reported and multiple ambulances were requested. Several buildings were reported destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.
Twitchy will update with details as they become available.
Anderson Cooper, who is employed by CNN, would rather be right than first.
Editor’s note: We’ve removed a photo that has been reported as unrelated to the West, Texas explosion.
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Incredible video of the explosion here.
The entire town of West, Texas, is being evacuated.
Another incredible photo:
Some West residents are being taken to Waco, about 20 miles south:
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Some media outlets are reporting 5-15 dead.
This is lower than last night’s estimates, but the numbers may rise as additional bodies are discovered at daylight.