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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If there’s no hospital in West, I bet those firemen were volunteers. (Don’t mean to insult anyone but I was surprised and far more insulted than my firefighter husband when the MDA didn’t understand the concept of “volunteer” firefighters.)

Point is, these are probably first responders who regularly risk their lives and it’s not even their “job.”

bertielou on April 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Texas fertilizer plant explosion, April 2013

Department of Public Health trooper DL Wilson says “probably over 100 injuries,” unknown fatalities, 50-75 houses damaged – from broadcast

26 secs ago by editor

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Nursing home took significant damage…folks were evacuating patients in pickup trucks.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Breaking911 @Breaking911

ABSOLUTE HORROR UNFOLDING: 70 people confirmed dead, incl 5 firefighters, 1 police officer. Hundreds more inj. #PrayForTexas
9:42 PM – 17 Apr 2013

katy on April 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM

AP,Heightend Alert Me thinks!

Oklahoma Bombing Anniversary is on Friday 19TH!

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

It is also the anniversary of the final confrontation at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, which is why Tim McVeigh chose April 19th.

But, as I said relative to the 15th…

Since it was all the rage yesterday to speculate why April 15th was chosen (‘It’s Tax Day!’ ‘It’s Patriot’s Day!’ ‘Tim McVeigh chose April 19th not because of Waco, as he said, but because Patriot’s Day used to be celebrated on April 15th until 1969!’ ‘The right-wing extremist that did this chose April 15th because Tim McVeigh bombed Oklahoma City on April 19th!’ ‘The right-wing extremists behind the Boston Marathon bombing understand that Patriot’s Day used to be April 19th, which is why McVeigh chose that date, but it is now April 15th so heelllloooooooo!’) – for what it’s worth, I’m going with ‘It’s Boston Marathon Day, the oldest and most elite marathon, and there will be a lot of people on the street!’ … but call me crazy or something – here is a list of historical events that happened on April 15th…

Hey, It Was April 15th And You Know What THAT Means, Dontcha! 2 + 2 = Ya Know!?!

Fertilizer plants are notoriously dangerous and unstable. So, personally, I’m going to go Occam’s Razor on this one.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Events, births, deaths, and observances on April 19th.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

You really want to defend a sick individual like pedestrian?

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I’m defending his point. It was perfectly valid.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

People who are questioning living near a fertilizer plant, second guessing volunteer firemen, you do realize that a lot of these chemicals, gasses, and other hazardous materials travel by railroad and how many homes are close to tracks, through town? About twelve years ago, there was an illegal alien serial killer who rode the rails and killed anyone he came in contact with or any home e chose near the tracks.
Hindsight is 20/20.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Serious prayers going out to my fellow Texans in West.

4Grace on April 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Ditto. Pray for them, pray for all victims and give them strength.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Ban fertilizer!

Ban fire!

Ban buildings where fires can start.

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

You really want to defend a sick individual like pedestrian?

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I’m defending his point. It was perfectly valid.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

People who are questioning living near a fertilizer plant, second guessing volunteer firemen, you do realize that a lot of these chemicals, gasses, and other hazardous materials travel by railroad and how many homes are close to tracks, through town? About twelve years ago, there was an illegal alien serial killer who rode the rails and killed anyone he came in contact with or any home e chose near the tracks.
Hindsight is 20/20.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

There you go.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Fertilizer plants are notoriously dangerous and unstable. So, personally, I’m going to go Occam’s Razor on this one.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

My feeling as well. A fire followed by an explosion is, 99 out of 100 times, an accident in a facility like this.

NotCoach on April 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Nursing home took significant damage…folks were evacuating patients in pickup trucks.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 1:16 AM

That’s the thing about Texas. Rednecks don’t wait around to be asked to help. They jump to it.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Nursing home took significant damage…folks were evacuating patients in pickup trucks.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 1:16 AM

That’s the thing about Texas. Rednecks don’t wait around to be asked to help. They jump to it.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Yep.

Folks allover Texas are volunteering their homes for the displaced…

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Reported Blast:

Preliminary 2.1 EarthQuake

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

GD.

Jeddite on April 18, 2013 at 1:30 AM

you would figure a huge fire at a fertilizer plant would require an immediate evacuation of the area.

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on April 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Add to that 38 years of marriage for the Munfords. I wish so many bad things would not have happened on that day.

Cindy Munford on April 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

you would figure a huge fire at a fertilizer plant would require an immediate evacuation of the area.

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on April 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM

They’ve already evacuated 1/2 the town…they have already said if the wind shifts they’ll evacuate the other half.

A front tonite is moving in so the rain will dissipate the fumes.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Prayers for the Families… Such a sad thing…

sandee on April 18, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Add to that 38 years of marriage for the Munfords. I wish so many bad things would not have happened on that day.

Cindy Munford on April 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

I had a wonderful friend who was born on April 19. She sadly passed away from cancer, but I always think of her and smile. Now, I have two reasons to smile. Congratulations on 38 years!

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:37 AM

The Blast Comparison!

Texas fertilizer plant explosion, April 2013

The USGS recorded a 2.1 magnitude seismic event on the Richter scale at 8:50PM ET, USGS Geophysicist Randy Baldwin tells NN – @jakeacarpenter

16 mins ago from twitter.com/jakeacarpenter by editor
==========================================================

NK TEST

Before North Korea announced they had conducted the test, seismic activity had already been detected in North Korea by the USGS, near the site of previous nuclear tests at Mantapsan in Kilju County. A large tremor,

first estimated at magnitude of 4.9,

was detected in North Korea and governments in the region were trying to determine whether it was a third nuclear test. The USGS upgraded the magnitude of the possibly nuclear tremor from

4.9 to 5.1,

located 24 kilometres (15 mi) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.[10] The tremor occurred at 11:57 local time (02:57 UTC) and the USGS said the hypocenter of the event was only one kilometer deep. Later, the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences did not register any seismic events and underground tremors at 16:00 local time on 12 February 2013, in the Russian Far East.[11][clarification needed] The China Earthquake Networks Center (Abbreviation: CENC; Chinese: 中国地震台网中心) also reported this event, putting the magnitude at Ms 4.9.[3] The tremor caused by the test could be felt by residents of the neighboring city of Hunchun and Antu, in Yanbian, Jilin Province, China.[12] A citizen of Hyesan, Ryanggang Province of North Korea, 80 km (50 mi) west from the nuclear test site, reported that many 5- and 7-floor buildings shook very severely, and this caused cracking.[13]
===============

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_North_Korean_nuclear_test

So,a 4,9 to 5.1 Seimic,is between 5-7 Kilotons,

so I’m thinking,maybe around 2-3 Kiloton Blast for Texas???

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Cindy Munford on April 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Happy Anniversary! Go out and have fun, and forget about the rest of the world for a few hours.

NotCoach on April 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

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

More pics

Shy Guy on April 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Add to that 38 years of marriage for the Munfords. I wish so many bad things would not have happened on that day.

Cindy Munford on April 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Got you beat ! Celebrated 40 years in January… Congratulations to you!

sandee on April 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

..prior to the blast that is.

Opinionnation on April 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Can’t CNN find any Americans to cover this?

Mark1971 on April 18, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Add to that 38 years of marriage for the Munfords. I wish so many bad things would not have happened on that day.

Cindy Munford on April 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Congratulations!

**she puts on Chris Matthews’ tinfoil hat**

Of course, BATFE will be at your house to interrogate your husband and examine your marriage licence to see if there’s any connection between your wedding 38 years ago and the explosion in Texas because, um, er, like, you know, you and your husband are obviously Southern, illiterate, inbred, Bible-reading, snake-handling, dirt-eating, squirrel-stewing, sister-shagging, cousin-marrying, trailer-park-living, single-tooth-brushing, hair-combovering, sheet-wearing, cross-burning, gun-worshiping, always-voting-against-his-own-self-interest, fag-smoking, tabacky-chewing, sexist, racist, bigoted, homophobic, Islamophobic, Black-Man-in-the-White-House-hating Neanderthals!

**she takes off Chris Matthews’ tinfoil hat**

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Fertilizer plants are notoriously dangerous and unstable. So, personally, I’m going to go Occam’s Razor on this one.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Resist We Much:Agreed,I’m thinking,an accident waiting to happen,
and the dates,I’m just getting that sysbolism!:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Horrible. Just horrible.

The Texas City explosion was equivalent to approximately 3 kilotons.

I hope this wasn’t anywhere near that bad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_artificial_non-nuclear_explosions

What a nightmare. Very depressing week.

Dreadnought on April 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Holy Christ! The cries and fright from the child in that video…!

anuts on April 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Dan Satterfield

Oklahoma Seismogram detected the explosion near Waco TX.

GRAPH:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151429765671359&l=b07c58b64a

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Why? He made a valid point. You have to be out of your mind to set up home that close to a plant with such potentially explosive properties. Let alone build a school.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Are you certain the plant was there first? Or that it was the same size when the houses were built? Sometimes “valid” points are better left unmade.

anuts on April 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Horrible. Just horrible.

The Texas City explosion was equivalent to approximately 3 kilotons.

I hope this wasn’t anywhere near that bad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_artificial_non-nuclear_explosions

What a nightmare. Very depressing week.

Dreadnought on April 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Dreadnought:Thanks for that,I was close:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM

May God have mercy on my fellow Americans in Texas.

Dollayo on April 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Why? He made a valid point. You have to be out of your mind to set up home that close to a plant with such potentially explosive properties. Let alone build a school.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Are you certain the plant was there first? Or that it was the same size when the houses were built? Sometimes “valid” points are better left unmade.

anuts on April 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

The Limey b!tch who is warming Piers Morgan’s lap just asked that question.
Plant was on the edge of town.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Are you certain the plant was there first? Or that it was the same size when the houses were built? Sometimes “valid” points are better left unmade.

anuts on April 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

None of that is relevant. What is relevant is that at any one point in time, a situation in which homes and schools are located that close to something so potentially explosive is madness. Whether the homes were there first, or the homes came after.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

OKC was the results of fertilizer bomb packed in a truck. This was an entire fertilizer plant so the magnitude would be much larger.

chemman on April 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

http://i.imgur.com/xDi97JN.jpg

Google maps image of how close everything is.

Mormontheman on April 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Are you certain the plant was there first? Or that it was the same size when the houses were built? Sometimes “valid” points are better left unmade.

anuts on April 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

None of that is relevant. What is relevant is that at any one point in time, a situation in which homes and schools are located that close to something so potentially explosive is madness. Whether the homes were there first, or the homes came after.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Don’t bother, anuts. He’s got a point and he’s gonna make it whether it makes sense or not.
Trains, Sharke, gotta stop all those trains being within ten miles of any home, business, or school.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Distance also matters. Where were all these monitors in relationship to these events?

NotCoach on April 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

25 miles away

Ronnie on April 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Dallas City Fire and Rescue Live Audio Feed

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2681/web

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Don’t bother, anuts. He’s got a point and he’s gonna make it whether it makes sense or not.
Trains, Sharke, gotta stop all those trains being within ten miles of any home, business, or school.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

The difference in risk factor between living near a railway line on which a chemical-carrying train chuffs past once in a while, and living right next to a massive plant containing 100′s of times more of such chemicals, which is there all the time, is obvious.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Bombing at Boston Marathon, mushroom cloud over Texas, Elvis ricin attack, presidential temper tantrum. #newsinbrief

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 18, 2013

AND, it’s ONLY early Thursday morning! We still have about a few more days in THIS WEEK.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Damn… That is sad. And the video really drives home the intensity of the blast.

RalphyBoy on April 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Don’t bother, anuts. He’s got a point and he’s gonna make it whether it makes sense or not.
Trains, Sharke, gotta stop all those trains being within ten miles of any home, business, or school.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

The difference in risk factor between living near a railway line on which a chemical-carrying train chuffs past once in a while, and living right next to a massive plant containing 100′s of times more of such chemicals, which is there all the time, is obvious.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Moving chemicals, different chemicals, all moving along at speed, make me a bit more nervous, but that’s the thing about a free society. You choose where you lie. Maybe give Bloomberg or Obama a call to see if they can save these free people from themselves with laws and regulations.
It’s a farming community. I’m sure there’s fertilizer everywhere. In fact, there’s TWO fertilizer plants in the small town of West.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 2:06 AM

You are talking about perception of risk rather than actual risk.

chemman on April 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

So,a 4,9 to 5.1 Seimic,is between 5-7 Kilotons,

so I’m thinking,maybe around 2-3 Kiloton Blast for Texas???

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

No. The Richter scale is logarithmic, not linear. So from 2.1 to 5.1 represents (approximately) a 30x multiplication of energy. If the rest of your inferences are correct, that would make the TX blast approximately .2 kilotons.

HTL on April 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

You forgot the ricine laced letters.

txhsmom on April 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Well, I meant for that to be included under terrorism, but I guess we can split up the Boston bombing and the letters since they were almost certainly carried out by different people. Regardless, this has been a really depressing and bizarre week thus far.

Doughboy on April 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

OKC was the results of fertilizer bomb packed in a truck. This was an entire fertilizer plant so the magnitude would be much larger.

chemman on April 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

chemman:

No kidding,3 Kilotons,is 3,000 Tons of T’NT in
equivalency!!:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Heres the Apartment Building that was levelled:

NBCDFW NBC DFW 45m
Image sent to isee@nbcdffw.com by Debbie Henry

– said was taken by apartment tenant, after #westexplosion pic.twitter.com/PVkO9m3HIn

https://twitter.com/NBCDFW/status/324754446523432960/photo/1

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

The end of that video scared the sh*t out of me; my ears are still ringing. Can’t imagine what it was like to actually be there.

Erich66 on April 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Fellas, take it easy. This is NO terrorist attack. I’ve been watching Fox for the last 2 hours and it looks that this is related to an incident that happened earlier in the day at the plant that had not been taken care of appropriately. It’s bad luck that the timing is coincident with the Boston terror attack but this thing is not.

p_incorrect on April 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Dear God, such utter devastation. Those poor souls!

Christien on April 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM

You are talking about perception of risk rather than actual risk.

chemman on April 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

No, I’m talking about actual risk.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

Moving chemicals, different chemicals, all moving along at speed, make me a bit more nervous, but that’s the thing about a free society. You choose where you lie. Maybe give Bloomberg or Obama a call to see if they can save these free people from themselves with laws and regulations.
It’s a farming community. I’m sure there’s fertilizer everywhere. In fact, there’s TWO fertilizer plants in the small town of West.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Insinuating that I’m a regulation-loving liberal won’t help. I agree that people have the choice to live where they like. But that doesn’t mean that they’re choice is prudent. Nor does the fact that it’s a farming community mean that people should live so close to the plant, if this is what a minor fire can escalate into.

Sharke on April 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Texas fertilizer plant explosion, April 2013

Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center expecting at least 14 more casualties from fertilizer plant explosion – @AFGutierrez

53 secs ago by editor

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Ft Hood is working the plant itself…the rescue part is done, they don’t expect any survivors at the plant

@brandondarby from brietbart is on seen and tweeting

r keller on April 18, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Moving chemicals, different chemicals, all moving along at speed, make me a bit more nervous, but that’s the thing about a free society. You choose where you lie. Maybe give Bloomberg or Obama a call to see if they can save these free people from themselves with laws and regulations.
It’s a farming community. I’m sure there’s fertilizer everywhere. In fact, there’s TWO fertilizer plants in the small town of West.

RovesChins on April 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

As the fellow in the vehicle recording the fire might indicate, individuals are not always well-informed enough to judge whether a given situation poses a risk or not.

Since the plant was there first, the question definitely arises why the land next to this facility was zoned to allow a middle school, a nursing home and a hospital. That is, after all, one of the things that zoning is supposed to be there for.

Indeed, it might well be argued that since the area near this plant was zoned for such development, the inhabitants might well have (not unreasonably) been laboring under the presumption that it had been deemed safe.

HTL on April 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

According to my husband, West is about 6 hours from here.
If my Wally is doing ANYTHING to help those affected by the explosion…I’m totally in!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

As the fellow in the vehicle recording the fire might indicate, individuals are not always well-informed enough to judge whether a given situation poses a risk or not.

Since the plant was there first, the question definitely arises why the land next to this facility was zoned to allow a middle school, a nursing home and a hospital. That is, after all, one of the things that zoning is supposed to be there for.

Indeed, it might well be argued that since the area near this plant was zoned for such development, the inhabitants might well have (not unreasonably) been laboring under the presumption that it had been deemed safe.

HTL on April 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

West is a very small town; it may not have zoning laws. Texas is great that way. In fact, Houston, up until not that long ago (ten, fifteen years?) pretty much had no zoning laws at all if I remember correctly.

Theophile on April 18, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Saw an earlier press conference where the official said the original responders to the fire knew it was not going to be extinguished any time soon, and were actively evacuating nearby homes, etc.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

God bless those in West Texas.

bopbottle on April 18, 2013 at 4:42 AM

Press conference scheduled for 6am CDT.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Major storm system heading their way within a couple of hours, followed by much colder temps.
I’m in Arlington, and soon to be hit, West will get it later.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:54 AM

OT, but just heard this on the radio ….
Sometime today, catch the National Anthem sung at the Bruins game last night.
Chills.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:58 AM

Major storm system heading their way within a couple of hours, followed by much colder temps.
I’m in Arlington, and soon to be hit, West will get it later.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:54 AM

pambi:Yup,NightMarish:)
=======================

NBC DFW ‏@NBCDFW 10m

Live Coverage from #WestExplosion and storms rolling through North Texas starts now on NBC 5: http://bit.ly/101tQjN
————————————————

Boston Marathon explosion

Video: Crowd at Boston Bruins-Buffalo Sabres hockey game sing national anthem at Boston’s TD Garden – via @jessespector

8 hours ago from http://www.youtube.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGOerug4M/2013/04/18/video-crowd-at-boston-bruins-buffalo-sabres-hockey-game-sing-national

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Texas fertilizer plant explosion, April 2013

94 patients treated at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center following blast; 19 being admitted – @NBCNews

5 mins ago by editor

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:18 AM

NICK @NNCNY NICK @NNCNY ‏@NNCNY 4m

‘Like a nuclear bomb’:

Deadly fertilizer plant blast devastates Texas town http://www.nn.com/2013/04/18/us/texas-explosion/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter … #WESTEXPLOSION

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23westexplosion&src=hash

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:23 AM

I can’t sleep with all this weirdness going on. Brandon Darby tweeted he was told that only 20 of the 133 residents of the nursing home were evacuated.

juliesa on April 18, 2013 at 5:32 AM

The Pope Weighs In:

CBSDFW ‏@CBSDFW 12m

From Pope Francis: RT @Pontifex: Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families

https://twitter.com/Pontifex

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:37 AM

juliesa on April 18, 2013 at 5:32 AM
I fell asleep on the sofa, watching TV reports, woke up from thunder, checked our radar, and decided I wouldn’t get much sleep, anyway. Sigh.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 5:39 AM

juliesa on April 18, 2013 at 5:32 AM
————————————-

I fell asleep on the sofa, watching TV reports, woke up from thunder, checked our radar, and decided I wouldn’t get much sleep, anyway. Sigh.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 5:39 AM

pambi:Well,must be nice,I’m still on,since the time I broke the
story!

I’m kidding,on the (Must be nice):):):)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:46 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:46 AM

You’re incredible !
And much appreciated.a

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM

This feels so surreal …
We lived in Waco for four years, two of which involved ++++ of Dr. Visits, tests, cancer surgery @ both Hillcrest and Providence hospitals, and one of my doctors owned a cattle ranch in West.
Will wait until the victim list is complete before I attempt to find out about him.
:-(

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 5:46 AM

You’re incredible !
And much appreciated.a

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM

pambi:

Thankyou,anytime,btw,this is when it hit the fan,
er there abouts!!:)

*********BREAKING MASSIVE FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION IN TEXAS *****

Texas fertilizer plant explosion, April 2013
Clear topic

A large explosion shook a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17, 2013.

The blast, felt around 8 p.m., reportedly caught several surrounding buildings on fire – KWTXstrong>
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/texas-fertilizer-plant-explosion-april-2013

https://twitter.com/kwtx

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:08 AM

M2.1 Explosion – 1km NNE of West, Texas 2013-04-18 00:50:38 UTC

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000g9yl#summary

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:12 AM

WacoTrib.com WacoTrib.com ‏@wacotrib 6m

Waco police spokesman says there are betwen 5 and 15 fatalities, several firefighters still missing. Over 160 injured. (via @kirstencrow)

https://twitter.com/WacoTrib

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Radar for inComing Storm,to West Texas!

CBS11JeffJam Jeff Jamison 4m
Storms are about 20 minutes out from #westtx pic.twitter.com/zfYP9XWBld

https://twitter.com/CBS11JeffJam/status/324830368404475904/photo/1

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

wow

wake up to this tragedy

______________________________-
just caught the end of morning joe’s rant, dang it

this is the end of the republican party, they just moved towards extinction

LOL

mika praising joe for always being a step ahead of the gop

LOL

I’m sure he’ll be ranting for the next 2.5 hours…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Not a good week.

Count to 10 on April 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

I’m sure he’ll be ranting for the next 2.5 hours…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

cmsinaz: Good Morning CMS:)

Talk about a NightMare in Texas:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 4:58 AM

morning joe is airing it now…

really cool

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:34 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM

indeed…holy cow

do we know if this was accidental or intentional yet?

yowser

prayers going out to the community…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

I caught his rant from the beginning. It was rather high school debate club and embarrassing. You have dried toothpaste on the corner of your mouth, Joe. And naturally his rant was s-l-o-w and quiet and loaded with “I-I-I-me-me-me”. All his ” former friends” who voted “the wrong way” are now “liars”.
No one cares Schmoe, no one cares.

Marcus on April 18, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Front hasn’t hit West yet…

Radar link:
http://www.kwtx.com/weather

All the residents around the plant have been evacuated. 160 injured transported to hospitals (Waco,Ft. Worth,Dallas)

5-15 confirmed dead.

House to house search and rescue finding more bodies.

Blood drives in Waco & North Central Texas beginning at 9am.

news link:
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20130417-live-video-explosion-injuries-reported-at-fertilizer-plant-near-waco-in-west-texas.ece

news radio link:
http://www.wbap.com/

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:39 AM

************ Another Possible **************************

Evacuation reported at Miami International Airport due to suspicious item – @NBC6

1 min ago from http://www.nbcmiami.com by editor

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

prayers going out to the community…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM

cmsinaz:Amen on that:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:41 AM

indeed…holy cow

do we know if this was accidental or intentional yet?

yowser

prayers going out to the community…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM

ATF on scene.

They are investigating as if it’s a crime scene…but it’s probably an industrial accident. – WBAP

Thunderstorms/cold front are moving through DFW and will reach West within a few hours.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:42 AM

NBC 6 South Florida ‏@nbc6 7m

#BREAKING: WATCH LIVE: Helicopter footage from Miami International Airport after suspicious item causes evacuation: http://bit.ly/11k955W

https://twitter.com/NBC6

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:43 AM

ATF on scene.

They are investigating as if it’s a crime scene…but it’s probably an industrial accident. – WBAP

Thunderstorms/cold front are moving through DFW and will reach West within a few hours.

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:42 AM

workingclass:As if it couldn’t get worse’r with ThunderStorms!:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Marcus on April 18, 2013 at 6:37 AM

thanks marcus….sounds like the joe we know…

idiot

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:42 AM

thanks wca

thanks canopfor for all the linkies…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:46 AM

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