https://twitter.com/SamTrotter8/status/324732946361749504

Holy crap, indeed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in West, Texas.

  • Michelle

    Listening to that frightened child made me cry. Dear God, please hold West, TX mighty close to you right now.

  • JDSoCal

    Uh, how stupid to bring your child near a fertilizer plant fire?

    • Sean

      He probably didn’t know what the plant was used for, most plants around there don’t have giant signs out front, and from the video they looked to be several hundreds of yards away. Certainly not an ideal place to take a kid, but I’m sure most people would have guessed that was a safe distance, until the unthinkable happened. I just want to know what happened to them after the video and if his child is okay.

    • Matthew Hampton

      That doesn’t sound like a child, it sounds like a young (central Texas) woman.

      • AWomaninTX

        She called him dad multiple times.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          To be fair, I called my dad “Dad” well after I reached the age of majority.

          • AWomaninTX

            He claimed the female voice was his wife, not a child.
            To quote “Matthew” in response to”Allison Accardo”, 3 hours ago :
            “That’s not a kid, that’s his wife (or girl friend, sister)”

          • Amy Laipple

            BS it was a young person…not a wife or GF probably does not want any charges of child endangerment

          • AWomaninTX

            Might be a good idea to not put in out there on the internet if that’s a concern… especially since his voice is likely identifiable to those who know him *and* his reflection in the side-view mirror, never mind the fact that there will be doctor’s bills.

    • Matthew Hampton

      That doesn’t sound like a child, it sounds like a young (central Texas) woman.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      What makes you think they were not just passing by and momentarily dumbfounded by what they were seeing?

      • rivers

        Good point, that’s very likely the case, but if you consider that possibility then folks don’t get to make themselves feel superior by making smug and indidgnant comments. 😉

  • divingpetrel

    Hopefully the hearing loss suffered by the child is temporary. They may be lucky to be alive. Words of wisdom for everyone – whenever a chemical plant is burning the only place you need to be is going in the opposite direction. As fast as you can. If something goes boom, get away from the windows. The majority of injuries in cases like this come from flying glass as the shockwave shatters windows behind which all too many people tend to stand to “see what is happening”. Go to Youtube and type in Pepcon explosion. That makes this look like a firecracker.

  • http://twitter.com/TraddyGirl62 Allison Accardo

    That girl has hopefully NOT lost her hearing. Her eardrums were hopefully NOT blasted out of her head.

    WHO THE HECK PARKS THEIR CAR ANYWHERE NEAR A ****BURNING*** FERTILIZER PLANT AND RECORDS IT?!?!?!?!

    And to add insult to injury: WITH YOUR KIDS IN THE CAR!!!!

    That’s just irresponsible on sooooooooo many levels.

    Prayers and support for those who died and whose who have been affected.

    • Matthew Hampton

      That’s not a kid, that’s his wife (or girl friend, sister)

      • doglovr2

        The fact she said “dad” was a hint to me…

    • Matthew Hampton

      That’s not a kid, that’s his wife (or girl friend, sister)

  • http://thesmokingcuban.com/2013/07/25/waffling-my-take-on-dwight-howard-just-in-case-he-changed-his-mind-again/ MFFeLtman27

    i went from thinking “they heard about a fire and filmed from a safe distance” to “HOLY **** my gosh that just happened!” i really hope they’re okay

  • splashy79

    I have heard from first responders that if you can’t cover something like this up with your thumb at arm’s distance, you are too close. Remember that, and this video.

    • Roy Thornhill

      You are right, that is to close. How ever close the fire dept. is you should be twice as far. Fertilizer plants explode, almost nothing you can do to stop it, after the explosion then move in to put out the fire, any FD as close as this guy, should get a new chief.

  • Ronald Green

    The child’s hearing will recover. The fact that they were able to drive away means they are fine. Few people realize just how dangerous these things are, so they take unnecessary risks. Save your ‘how stupid remarks’, most of you would have done the same thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sammaggard Sam Maggard

      Oh really? Driving means your fine? Explain the home invader shot five times in the neck and face with a .38 special that proceeded to leave the house and then drive a mile or so and live.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sammaggard Sam Maggard

      Oh really? Driving means your fine? Explain the home invader shot five times in the neck and face with a .38 special that proceeded to leave the house and then drive a mile or so and live.

  • Linda Cain

    Prayers for everyone in and around West.

  • Protus Mose

    Landscape., people. You film in landscape.

    • Pat Loudoun

      That bugs the crap out of me, too. Almost as much as all these people who know about proper safe distances, and the age of unidentified female voices.

  • Protus Mose

    Landscape., people. You film in landscape.

  • Jeff J

    For those questioning whom the passenger was……I don’t know too many girlfriends or wives, in Texas or anywhere else, who would say something like “Dad? Dad? I can’t hear! Let’s get out of here!” like this one did immediately after the explosion (listen at around the 31 secs. mark)

  • Bemani Dog

    What a frickin’ idiot. He should not have tried to film that so close, especially with a kid in the car with him.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    I think 90% of Americans support a ban on fire. Obama should tell Biden to have Harry Reid introduce a Bill. Fire deserves a vote.

  • http://twitter.com/GaryMormino Gary Mormino

    One thing I know for certain is that no one can know what was in another person’s thoughts. No one who is “shocked” that the dad could have been so close has a clue about why they were there except that they were interested in the giant fire. Rather than pontificating about how stupid the dad was, how about you just say a prayer that he and everyone in the vehicle are okay and will recover from the hearing loss, shock or whatever else may have happened. My guess is that most of us would have been just as curious and just as willing to sit there and watch unless we knew the place was about to go off like an A-bomb.