Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Our sister station KWTX in Waco, TX reports: West EMS Director Dr. George Smith said earlier Wednesday night as many as 60 or 70 people died in the blast, but Department of Public Safety spokesman D.L. Wilson said during a news conference late Wednesday night the number of dead is unknown.

Ambulances at West High School stadium after an explosion at a West, TX fertilizer plant. (Photo by Matt Howerton, KWTX)

Our sister station KWTX in Waco, TX reports:

"West EMS Director Dr. George Smith said earlier Wednesday night as many as 60 or 70 people died in the blast, but Department of Public Safety spokesman D.L. Wilson said during a news conference late Wednesday night the number of dead is unknown."

For complete coverage of this explosion from our sister station KWTX, and immediate local updates  click here.

WEST, Texas (AP) - Police in Texas say it's not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.

Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton says early Thursday he doesn't know how many people have been rescued since the Wednesday night explosion in downtown West.

But he says officials on the ground remain in "search and rescue mode," going building to building in the largely decimated neighborhood surrounding the plant.

He says he knows some firefighters still are missing.

Swanton says a thunderstorm that rolled through the area early Thursday has helped in some ways, including tamping down chemicals released from the plant.


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