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Fertilizer works explosion

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SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 04:42

What next for the US??????

A Fertilizer manufacturing place in a town called West, near Waco, Texas, blew up a couple of hours ago with a massive explosion

The news reports are talking a couple of hundred injured, many businesses and houses blown apart.

Many people missing ......... and emergency workers injured in the blasts

The whole town of ca 3,000 has been told to evacuate immediately.

They're saying that anyhdrous ammonia was involved in at least one explosion ................ that's dry ammonia (all water removed from it) and the containers of it are very dangerous when they get too hot. It causes bad chemical burns if it gets onto skin, in eyes etc.

It looks horrendous on the TV news reports.

Dear God, I hope it is not as bad as they are talking about


Guinevere Report 18 Apr 2013 05:02

It looks very frightening.

Why would a factory like that be in the middle of a residential area?

Almost 20 years to the day since the Waco seige, I hope that isn't related and it's accidental.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 05:07

they're now saying as many as 70 killed.

It's not that unusual to have large factories, even possibly dangerous ones, close to the town ...........

.......... often the town has grown and expanded towards the factory rather than the factory being originally built so close to houses.


Guinevere Report 18 Apr 2013 05:10

It seems like madness to house people so close to chemicals like that - especially in a country the size of the US.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 05:15


fertiliser factories are notoriously dangerous .................... like fireworks factories.

after all, bomb makers are known ot go and buy fertiliser as one of the ingredients for a homemade bomb.

The instructions for doing that are on the internet.

I seriously doubt that it is anything but an accident.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 05:16

perhaps one should partly blame the town planners who allow houses to be built close to an existing factory????

who knows!


Guinevere Report 18 Apr 2013 05:20

The town planners have a lot to answer for. Madness to have an apartment block so close.

I'm aware how dangerous they are because there was a similar explosion in the UK not that long ago.The factory wasn't that close to a residential area though.

I'm sure you're probably right about it not being connected to the Waco cult but I checked the date as soon as I heard it mentioned.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 05:26

someone living in West is quoted in the Dallas News as saying ......

"It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb,”

that's certainly true!

Water and ammonia nitrate is an extremely explosive mixture


Guinevere Report 18 Apr 2013 05:32

I hope there are not as many deaths as currently being predicted.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 05:48

so do I!!

We must have driven very close to that plant back in the 1960s when we took that highway to get up to Dallas.

I have no memory of it now ............... Texas is sooooooooo big, everything blurs together, one small town looks like the next small town!

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 18 Apr 2013 08:03

Just seen this on breakfast news....they said that between 50-75 homes have been blown away completely....
There's always something...those poor people. And so soon after the Boston explosion.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 18 Apr 2013 09:34

Oh dear - I caught the tale end of an item on the TV news this morning, and thought it was a retrospective item on the Waco massacre in 1993.


SylviaInCanada Report 18 Apr 2013 16:55

It is the anniversary of the Waco massacre tomorrow, I believe.

They still have no idea of the total number of dead ................. but homes in a 5 block arc from the factory have been flattened.

One good bit of news on the 8 am radio news here was that there seems to be no longer any danger of further explosions from the factory. There were still containers of chemicals there which had not exploded, and there were great fears that they would explode. That was why most of the town was evacuated last night.