Report: 60-70 dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion; Update: 5-15 dead, 160 injured

posted at 12:02 am on April 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

First came the fire, then the blast. Assuming the EMS reports are correct, a terror attack on U.S. soil is responsible for only the second-largest mass-casualty event this week. Dwell on that.

Unbelievable:

West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and hundreds were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West.

A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths.

Meanwhile, emergency crews were pulling back late Wednesday night because of concerns about the possibility of a second explosion…

The fire started in an anhydrous ammonia tank and spread to the building, authorities said.

It gets worse and worse. More than 60 people are in the hospital, 44 in serious condition. Among the dead, per CNN, are five firefighters and one cop. The explosion apparently sent fire onto the local middle school and … a nursing home. I’m afraid of what I’ll see when I open up news websites in the morning.

If you’re having trouble imagining how big a blast is needed to do that sort of damage, here you go. No one dies on camera but the video’s profoundly distressing, needless to say. Proceed with caution.

Update: Another vivid gauge of the power of the explosion.

Update: If you’re up late and following this overnight, stick with the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, KHOU, and KWTX for updates. From the DMN:

“It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb,” said Jason Shelton, a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West. “I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows. There’s houses leveled that were right next to it. We’ve got people injured and possibly dead.”…

Bill Bohannan, who told the Waco Tribune-Herald he witnessed the devastating blast of the explsion while visiting his parents.“Every house within about four blocks is blown apart,” he said.

A horrible thought: This may end up being worse than the Texas City disaster.

Update: CNN says a hospital nearby in Waco has been told to prepare for at least 100 injured patients. This is a sharp, and dispiriting, point too:

Update: You’ve got to be kidding. There’s also a fire at a tank battery in Oklahoma City that’s threatening a propane tank — and it was caused by a lightning strike.

Update: At least 200 people injured, says ABC, and 40 are critical. Help from the Red Cross and state agencies is on the way, but in the meantime local first responders are so overwhelmed that cops are carrying some of the injured to the ER in the back of their squad cars. The local football stadium’s being used as a triage center.

Update: Mercifully, the early EMS report appears to have overestimated the death toll. Officials now say five to 15 people are dead and that 160 are injured.


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That’s not stopping the liberal douchebags from declaring that the plant was dilapidated and a disaster waiting to happen because Texas isn’t a UNION state.

Because there’s never been an accident or explosion in union facilities.

Stop the world, I want to get off.

Sponge on April 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Considering this corporation lied about the fire and explosive risks related to their business it seems they are much less invested in the well being of West Texas residents than many on this board. But, I know, I know, regulation always fails or something.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

You can’t even wait for the bodies to be counted, can you, liveasaslaveanddie? Just like Sandy Hook.

You blood-loving ghouls of the left just LOVE a tragedy where you can start pointing some fingers at imaginary “wrong-doers” on the right. (Are you gonna cry if the plant owner is a democrap?)

I’ll bet you wish you could run down there and dance in the blood and maybe hug a few dead bodies for the camera.

You people are trash.

Go away. Just FOAD.

Solaratov on April 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM

So now it’s reported that the explosion was possibly “suspicious.”

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

So now it’s reported that the explosion was possibly “suspicious.”

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I’ll be astounded if this was an accident, brainfree notwithstanding.

MelonCollie on April 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

So now it’s reported that the explosion was possibly “suspicious.”

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

It is officially a crime scene, yes. That is standard operating procedure until and if it is shown to be an accident.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

They told regulators there were no fire or explosive risks. In a world where we stop trusting corporations and actually pay for inspectors to verify their claims, It becomes more likely the plant would have had to be built further away from the town, nursing homes and schools. Regulation doesn’t prevent accidents they work to limit the impact of accidents on innocents. But not in business friendly Texas.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

When I think I’ve hit my limit on loathing liberals, you come to remind me there’s still room.

Thanks for that. You and yours are truly loathsome creatures.

Is it possible that you can wait until the bodies/survivors are recovered and the facts come out? Won’t you look like even more of a complete moron if it turns out to be sabotage or something odd?

kim roy on April 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

kim roy on April 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

It’s a LIBERAL !

Blame the USA first. And second ans well.

Facts will come out later and by then the story has been written.

Jabberwock on April 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Considering this corporation lied about the fire and explosive risks related to their business it seems they are much less invested in the well being of West Texas residents than many on this board. But, I know, I know, regulation always fails or something.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM</blockquote

Unlike Unionized Chicago…

Murders
(1) January 2013: 43
(2) February 2013: 14
(3) March 2013: 15
(4) April 2013: 14

That is a total of 86 murders in 2013 in regulated, unionized, gun controlled, government is all powerful and knows what is best for all Chicago….

William Eaton on April 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The Texas City disaster, in which a fire aboard a docked ship detonated about 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, causing the deaths of almost 600 people, occurred on April 16, 1947. If this is a coincidence, it’s a mighty big one.

littlemary on April 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

They told regulators there were no fire or explosive risks.

shagsguys4free

How did they do that? I thought there were no regulators in Texas? And why would they have to lie anyway? I thought there were no regulations in Texas?

xblade on April 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

More men dying doing important work. Good men have been dying in huge numbers in the last decade and the journalists have the gall to talk about a war on women in America.

Mormontheman on April 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Because everything, no matter what, can be filterd through 2012 campaign rhetoric. *sigh*

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Liberal logic is filtered through like that coffee getting filtered through the monkey and makes about as much sense.
Go tell the people of West, Texas, your theories. You will leave with less teeth and eating your meals through a tube.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

What’s amusing is that the plant was only cited inb 2006 for a violation of permit standards. Not safety, etc. They violated the act of being regulated. This is how statists work. Make everything a crime so you can chain everyone up like a criminal.

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

…………..jus sayin………..Bikers ALWAYS stand UP for those in need

to wit:

HELPING THE VICTIMS OF THE EXPLOSION IN WACO/WEST TEXAS. Harley-Davidson of Waco will be hosting a Crawfish Boil Relief Fundraiser on Saturday April 27th starting at 10:00am. There will be a live band, blood drive, adult beverages provided by Elite Circle Grille, and of course crawfish with all the fixings! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the families that have been affected by this horrible disaster. If you have any questions or would like to help, please call 254-753-0393

Katfish on April 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Frankly, anyone who lies about the explosive risk of an ammonia plant can’t be trusted to demand safety precautions. As this explosion clearly indicates.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

You’re an idiot.

Where is your proof that they “lied” about the explosive potential of the plant?

Frankly, I believe that you (and whoever) are lying about that. When did you see the paperwork?
The explosion happened late-night. Did one of your leftoid pals wake someone up to get a copy of the permit?

Or are you simply making stuff up as you go along? As you are wont to do.

Solaratov on April 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

According to libfree, these explosions happen every other day in Texas.

sentinelrules on April 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

It’s a wonder anyone is left alive in Texas – what with all the explosions.

Well, except for fat-cat 1%ers.

(And democrats, of course. They don’t get close enough to any work to be near an explosion.)

Solaratov on April 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Where is your proof that they “lied” about the explosive potential of the plant?

Solaratov on April 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Don’t get too riled, Solartov, he’s likely right about the paperwork. Because anhydrous amonia in a gaseous state (as stored in those tanks) isn’t an explosion risk. They don’t have to lie at all on that form. The very same DMN story he cites in his second attempt to peddle those “facts” says that very thing about 2/3 of the way through.

GWB on April 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

libnotfree, you are disgusting, you carrion-feeding Obama-like. May you choke on it.

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Rightscoop reporting that AWESOME: Missing law officer found alive in fertilizer plant explosion

http://www.therightscoop.com/awesome-missing-law-officer-found-alive-in-fertilizer-plant-explosion/

Thank God for His Mercy.

bluefox on April 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Regulation doesn’t prevent accidents they work to limit the impact of accidents on innocents. But not in business friendly Texas.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Evidently not in Pennsylvania either – just ask Karnamaya Mongar how regulation saves lives.

Hill60 on April 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I always loved stopping in West on our way to Austin. We loved getting kolaches there. Such a sad thing.

TXMomof3 on April 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

When people turn from God … .

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

It’s interesting how you know the cause. Contact the local authorities so they can save a lot of money on their silly investigation. The sooner we go back to burning heretics at the stake the sooner we’ll be a great nation again! I bet an atheist worked at that plant. It has to be the cause.

Dan_Yul on April 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

You speak of things of which you know nothing. As evident in your comment.

The (sad) history of the Jewish people reveals that when they quit following God, He withdrew His protective hand. That is happening in America. Only a return to him will stay the tragedies that are happening at greter frequency.

As for an atheist being at the plant. This shows that you know precious little about the ways of God. Judgement begins in the house of God who claim to be His and followers of His are in more danger of His judgements than the average atheist.

Mock away at me if you must. But God will not be mocked. For whatever a man sows that will he also reap.

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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