Fatalities in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

WEST, Texas (AP) — Officials say it'll be some time before they know how many people have been killed in a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas.

Firefighters were already at the plant battling a fire when the explosion happened Wednesday night. It was so strong it could be felt from 45 miles away, and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, raining burning embers, shrapnel and debris.

Officials say more than 100 people have been injured.

The explosion has also leveled buildings for blocks in every direction. Al Vanek, a city council member, says a four-block area around the explosion "is totally decimated."

Some of damaged buildings are a housing complex with a collapsed roof, a nearby middle school and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home, where first-responders evacuated more than 130 patients.

Residents who have not evacuated are being told to stay indoors because of the threat of new explosions or leaks of ammonia from the plant.

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359-a-09-(Jason Shelton, hotel employee, Czech Inn of West, in AP interview)-"up really fast"-Hotel employee Jason Shelton says his hotel is taking in people driven from their homes. (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *359 (04/17/13)>> 00:09 "up really fast"

376-a-10-(Trooper D.L. Wilson, spokesman, Department of Public Safety, at news conference)-"in Oklahoma City"-Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson says the damage done by this fertilizer explosion is overwhelming. (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *376 (04/17/13)>> 00:10 "in Oklahoma City"

375-a-12-(Trooper D.L. Wilson, spokesman, Department of Public Safety, at news conference)-"the blast area"-Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson says it is dangerous for crews to go back into the area right now. (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *375 (04/17/13)>> 00:12 "the blast area"

378-a-17-(Mayor Tommy Muska, with reporters)-"five block area"-West, Texas Mayor Tommy Muska says a fire was burning at the West Fertilizer plant prior to the massive explosion. ((note length of cut)) (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *378 (04/17/13)>> 00:17 "five block area"

381-a-12-(Mayor Tommy Muska, with reporters)-"in the air"-West, Texas Mayor Tommy Muska says authorities are getting a grip on the situation. (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *381 (04/17/13)>> 00:12 "in the air"

382-a-13-(Courtney Madier (muh-DEER'), says her great uncle owns the plant, in interview)-"hold of anybody"-Courtney Madier says her great uncle owns the plant where the explosion occurred. COURTESY: KWTX TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((watch for dating)) (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *382 (04/17/13)>> 00:13 "hold of anybody"

377-a-19-(Trooper D.L. Wilson, spokesman, Department of Public Safety, at news conference)-"the nursing home"-Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson says the explosion and fire were extremely destructive. ((note length of cut)) (17 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *377 (04/17/13)>> 00:19 "the nursing home"

APPHOTO TXWAC502: An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium following an explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco caused numerous injuries and sent flames shooting high into the night sky on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) (17 Apr 2013)

<<APPHOTO TXWAC502 (04/17/13)>>

APPHOTO TXWAC604: A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) (17 Apr 2013)

<<APPHOTO TXWAC604 (04/17/13)>>

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