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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Officials say this will originally be treated as a crime scene by ATF, until they can rule it as a mere accident. Just being cautious, don’t really suspect foul play.

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 6:46 AM

West, Texas…No more press conferences scheduled till 4pm. – WBAP

“”We have tremendous amount of injuries, probably over 100 injuries at this time,” said State Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety at around 1 a.m. ET. “At this time, we do have confirmed fatalities.”

Officials were going door-to-door searching for survivors.

Emergency personnel who responded to a fire at the plant before the initial explosion were believed unaccounted for, according to West Mayor Tommy Muska and Sgt. William Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department.

In addition, officials were concerned about potentially dangerous ammonia fumes emanating from the plant, as well as forecast winds that might spread the chemical fumes in new directions early Thursday morning.

“What you see with high-level ammonia exposure is damage to your eyes, to your throat, to your nose, to your esophagus when you swallow,” said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor.

Buildings in a radius of about five blocks around the plant were heavily damaged — perhaps 75 homes or more, officials said…

By 3:30 a.m. ET, hospitals near the blast site reported treating 179 people, with 10 more being triaged. At least 24 patients at the hospitals were in critical condition and 38 in serious condition.

Baptist Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas, had more than 100 of the patients and was assessing approximately 10 more in the triage area, according to David Argueta, vice president of operations.

Patients from the blast also were confirmed early Thursday at Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and Scott and White Memorial in Temple, Texas.

West Texas information hotline – 254-202-1100.”

http://www.wbap.com/common/more.php?section_id=1&m=58&ts=1366274205&article=0DA19972A80711E286DEFEFDADE6840A&mode=2

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:47 AM

this is a key issue for the 2014 races?
wishful thinking joe….

msdnc showing all the folks who voted no, their own shame montage

too funny

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM

i’m loving the morning joe outrage

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

God Bless the people of West Texas. And, may He comfort them in the aftermath of this disaster.

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 6:46 AM

thanks p

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Among the dead, per CNN, are five firefighters and one cop.

Given the recent reporting by CNN, we should be expecting an unsourced report any time now that the explosion has the signature of a “right wing radical faction”.

FED-CNN: When you absolutely have to absorb stupidity overnight!

Rovin on April 18, 2013 at 6:53 AM

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

amen

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 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

2 ways to look at it.

1. Rain will put out any lingering fires & dissipate the fumes.

2. Makes things messy…and slows the search & rescue.

Temple,Tx. Blood drives
http://www.sw.org/blood-center/events

DFW Blood drives
Carter Blood Cntr.
http://www.carterbloodcare.org/

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

i’m loving the morning joe outrage

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I asked Joe on twitter last night if the panel would be clawing their faces and rending their garments on air this morning. Not yet, but they’re working their way up to it!

Naturally Curly on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Rovin on April 18, 2013 at 6:53 AM

+1

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Mornin’, ma’am. Here’s My take. on that subject.

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Naturally Curly on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

heh :)

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 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

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

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM

i’m loving the morning joe outrage

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I’m loving that as there’s no upside to covering West, Texas for Obama that they’re pretty much skipping it.

Marcus on April 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Burn victims go through a lot of plasma. If you’re local in Texas try today or tommorrow and give some blood/plasma at your local blood bank/hospital.

Maps/links for blood & plasma centers in Dallas.

http://bloodbanker.com/banks/city.php?city=Dallas&state=TX

Twitter links for blood donations in Waco and surrounding areas.
http://twitchy.com/2013/04/18/blood-donors-needed-in-waco-texas/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Read it folks…its awesome!

Marcus on April 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

indeed, mika talk about it for 20 seconds, and then it’s back to the gop have voted no against their own peril screech

i’m sure dear leader will be heading to texas in a few days

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Storms now moving into West.

Mayor set to speak soon. – WBAP

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:04 AM

thanks canopfor for all the linkies…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:46 AM

cmsinaz:U-Betcha:)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:08 AM

lol — image of Morning Joe coming on with Joe & Co sitting sour-faced in sackcloth with some dirt sprinkled over them.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Let me guess,nobody informed Hopey,until this morning????

President Obama has been notified of the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas – @NBCNews

50 secs ago by edito

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Still one unexploded tanker onsite. House to house search for folks trapped in rubble.

Winds shifting. West is about 20 miles north of Waco, Texas.
Radar link:
http://www.kwtx.com/weather

“WEST, Texas — A devastating and deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked the Central Texas town of West on Wednesday evening.

“I ask for your prayers,” said Mayor Tommy Mouska at a 5:30 a.m. briefing.”Search and rescue teams have been working through the night.”

There were no precise numbers available of the dead and injured.

“I can’t confirm the number of casualties, but I can tell you that we do have casualties,” said Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton at a 4:35 a.m. news conference. “I can tell you that it is estimated anywhere from five to 15 at this point.”

At 4:15 a.m., West, Texas EMS director Dr. George Smith confirmed that two paramedics lost their lives in Tuesday night’s explosion at West Fertilizer Company. He said six firefighters remained unaccounted for.

A Facebook page was established in memory of several firefighters who reportedly perished in the blast…

“This is a crime scene,” Sgt. Swanton said. “Until we know that it is an industrial accident, we will work it as a crime scene.”

He said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is at the scene to conduct that part of the investigation.

Swanton added that teams continued going door-to-door in the early hours of Wednesday morning looking for anyone who might be injured or trapped…”

The American Red Cross said teams from Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin will be coordinating with emergency officials in West to provide any needed assistance to town residents who will need help.

Evacuees were being directed to the community center in Abbott, about five miles north of West…”

http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/powerful-exploson-rocks-town-north-of-waco-203508001.html

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Let me guess,nobody informed Hopey,until this morning????

President Obama has been notified of the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas – @NBCNews

50 secs ago by edito

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

O, we’re saved. :/

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 7:14 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

that can’t be for real…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Facebook link for fire fighters lost fighting the fire in West, Texas.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-of-West-TX-Firefighters-Last-Alarm-4172013/163556353806671

Lord have Mercy…

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:16 AM

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

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Yeah, this week should give everyone a little perspective on how childish the entire Obama campaign/administration was/is with all of the crises they manufactured for the country. The country has real problems to solve everyday while they’re doing their whining about binders and condoms.

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

+1

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:21 AM

O probably won’t comment on the explosion for the same reason he didn’t do squat when we had the wildfires or when TN had the floods. He only cares about blue states and “his people”.

TxAnn56 on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Otay Peeps,Everyone have a Great Day.
Ahem,stupid me,have been up,since early
last night,should of went to bed,

workingclass,take over the News Linky’s——————–:)

UpDate: All Clear

All clear at Miami International Airport following evacuation due to suspicious item – @NBC6

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

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

Or, or filtered through the agenda of asserting racism everywhere you look. *sigh*

hawkdriver on April 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Local news outlet for Waco,Kileen,Temple area.

“Central Texas facilities open doors for West survivors…

This is a list of facilities and locations that survivors of the West explosion can go for help.

* Heart of Texas Red Cross has a shelter at Latham Springs Camp in Aquilla.
* Blair’s Cove Apartments are offering housing to those who need it. 25+ units are available. Their number is 254-447-0810.
* Aquilla ISD is opening its facilities. Please report to the gym entrance.
* All the schools at Gholson ISD have been opened to be used as shelters
* First Baptist Church of Gholson is open for survivors.
* Turner’s in downtown Waco is taking survivors with pets. They are located at 721 Austin Ave. Contact Shane Turner at 254-644-7904.
* Sykora Family Ford in West opening their doors for families affected. Their number is 254-826-5314. They are located at 519 S. George Kacir Dr.
* Church of the Open Door will be opened for survivors. They are located off of exit 339 in Bellmead.
* Penelope High School has been opened for survivors.
* Ben’s Boat Repair in Elm Mott has space available for pets and a few people, 435 S. McLennan Loop, 254-716-9593
* Central United Methodist Church has opened a shelter at 5740 Bagby Ave in Waco.
* Antioch church in Waco has opened their facility for those who are displaced.
* The Best Western Czech Inn is open for those who need shelter.

For those who want to donate or give blood, these facilities will also be available.

* Carter Bloodcenter in Waco will be taking blood donations at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
* ESPN 1660 AM is taking donations at their Bagby Ave. location
* The Temple Dynaclean on 2102 West Avenue D will accepting donations starting at 8 a.m.
* Berthas Bakery & Restaurant will be accepting donations at 7 a.m. They are located at 2418 Grim Ave in Waco. You can contact them at 254-755-7123
* Lil Monkey Boutique will be accepting donations. They are located at 2052 Valley Mills Dr. You can contact them at 254-717-7717.
* Lone Star Tavern and Steakhouse at 4713 Bellmead Dr. in Waco will be accepting gift card donations and bottle water donations starting at 8 a.m.
* Carter Bloodcare in Dallas will be taking blood donations for those in the DFW area. They are located at 4849 West Illinois Ave.
* T & M Contracting in Woodway is taking donations at 123 Topeka Dr. You can contact them at 254-224-6161.
* Smarty Pants in Waco will be accepting clothing donations at 8 a.m. They are located at 5301 Bosque Blvd. You can contact them at 254-751-0211.
* VFW in Hewitt is accepting donations. They are located at 725 Sun Valley Blvd.
* Connor Health Foods will be accepting donations. They are located on Waco Dr. and 27th Street.
* Canyon Springs is accepting all donations. They are located at 2301 Woodgate in Waco. You can contact them at 254-235-0602.

Link:
http://www.kxxv.com/story/22009727/central-texas-facilties-open-doors-for-west-survivors

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:28 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

that can’t be for real…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:14 AM

cmsinaz:

Thats what Breaking News Site is reporting!

Catch ya later CMS,have a Super Day:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:29 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Have a good nap & thanks for posting links and updates.

:)

workingclass artist on April 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

have a good one Canopfor….

:)

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM

hawkdriver on April 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

+1
zing

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:39 AM

i’m loving the morning joe outrage

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM

You can’t be serious. This has not been a slow week for news.

Monday saw the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tuesday saw the ricin letter scare and the Junta of Ocho’s version of immigration.

Wednesday saw the massive explosion in Texas.

We are in the fifth week of the Kermitt Gosnell trial.

Obamacare is coming apart faster than the shell on a lobster near Mooch.

With all of that, these idiots are focusing on a failed attempt to subvert the Second Amendment? A dead issue not worth discussing further at this time. Where are their priorities?

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

exactly…that’s why i’m loving the meltdown that is ensuing…

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:46 AM

dear leader can’t run this country without leaders in congress
-mika

LOLOLOLOL

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:47 AM

she loves calling them cowards, they’re covering for the terrorists!!

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Yeah, this week should give everyone a little perspective on how childish the entire Obama campaign/administration was/is with all of the crises they manufactured for the country. The country has real problems to solve everyday while they’re doing their whining about binders and condoms.

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

I want side-by-side video. The real news events of this weekend paired up with the royal temper tantrum at 5:30pm yesterday when the rat-eared coward realized his attempt at gun grabbing was a massive failure. Somebody finally told the worthless bastard “no” and it turned his world upside down.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Yesterday afternoon, as I was driving home from work, I decided to listen to the President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama’s, Press Conference,

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM

You have a stronger stomach than I.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Matt Drudge is going to have to start verifying his headlines before reprinting. Especially if they’re coming out of CNN. They should be embarrassed by yesterday’s & today’s headlines that turn out to be false or inaccurate. What good is a 24/7 news cycle if it’s not true?
By the way, CNN has had a number of miscues recently, is Zucker bringing MSNBC to CNN?

Boats48 on April 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I’m wondering if Obama is going to comment on this explosion in West, Texas. This doesn’t appear to be the type of tragedy that he can exploit.

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Meanwhile back over to the media jihad on:

GAYS, GUNS, AMNESTY.

Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop us

http://news.yahoo.com/gun-control-backers-senate-defeat-wont-stop-us-065741656–politics.html

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association THE DEVIL OF THE LEFT, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.

The Senate planned to vote Thursday on two more amendments to a gun control bill. One by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., would cut aid to state and local governments that release information on gun owners. Another by Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., would bolster federal mental health programs.

But just four months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the Senate proved unwilling Wednesday to approve the key elements of President Barack Obama’s response to the massacre. Lawmakers rejected broader federal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, jarring gun control backers who thought Newtown would spur Congress to act and delivering a victory for the NRA and a defeat for Obama.

I see this as just Round One,” the president said at the White House, surrounded by relatives of Newtown’s victims and badly wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Translation of Obama’s statement:
I will not rest (well the people on my staff, I mean) until I get guns out of the hands of every single law abiding American. So we can turn the whole country into Chicago. And then we can finish transferring the wealth of the middle class into the Federal Treasury and spending our nation into Communist utopian oblivion.

Viva the great re-distributor!!!

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Translation of Obama’s statement:
I will not rest (well the people on my staff, I mean) until I get guns out of the hands of every single law abiding American. So we can turn the whole country into Chicago. And then we can finish transferring the wealth of the middle class into the Federal Treasury and spending our nation into Communist utopian oblivion.

Viva the great re-distributor!!!

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

***who will have lots of help from the Boehner team in the House on ObamaCare, Amnesty and anything else the golfing buddies want to do.

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Google maps image of how close everything is.

Mormontheman on April 18, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Sadly ironic that the road nearest the plant is Stillmeadow Dr, with Haven St leading into it. :(

I wonder if the railroad track impacted perceptions of safety. Often, I think (especially if there’s an embankment), we have a psychological perception of things on the other side as being further away than they are.

GWB on April 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Great read KJ.

Prayers for West TX.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I’m wondering if Obama is going to comment on this explosion in West, Texas. This doesn’t appear to be the type of tragedy that he can exploit.

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I’ve often said obama doesn’t know…fertilizer.

Ronnie on April 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

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.

Has anyone reported anything accurate about anything in the last few days?

Ronnie on April 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I’m wondering if Obama is going to comment on this explosion in West, Texas. This doesn’t appear to be the type of tragedy that he can exploit.

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

People living in West, Texas, are apt not be his kind of people. White, conservative, gun-owning, Christian.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The local livestock auction was set for this morning. Yesterday they took in 1500 head of cattle/sheep. Those are now wandering the town and surrounding areas. Local ranchers/farmers have been asked to help roundup and safeguard.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Did you catch this part?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence.

As if anybody who disagrees with the rat-eared coward supports firearms violence.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Prediction: The media will drop coverage of the ricin mailer. Turns out he’s a Democrat, Elvis impersonator, who posts at HuffPo, and (probably erroneously) claims to be a member of Mensa.

TarheelBen on April 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Has anyone reported anything accurate about anything in the last few days?

Ronnie on April 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It’s the fact of reporting that the MSM cares about, not the reporting of fact.

PersonFromPorlock on April 18, 2013 at 9:16 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

Canopfor:

Yeah, seeing it quantified like that really brings home the awful power these types of explosions can have. First saw that list when I was reading about the horrible accident that occured in your country, in Halifax, during the First World War.

Dreadnought on April 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters. Rev. 7.17
3 He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

I’m so so sorry..

Lord be with them all.

mark81150 on April 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Thank you!

I was listening to F&F on XM 114 driving in to work. They spoke with the Paster of a Baptist Church in the next town. They’ve opened their doors to shelter and take care of the fold of West. May God Bless them all during this time.

kingsjester on April 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I just donated blood this morning at a nearby hospital. It was part of a blood drive for the Boston victims, but no doubt they’ll shift their focus to West.

TMOverbeck on April 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I know it’s wrong, and not the right time, but dang it, when will people stop holding the phone VERTICALLY when making a video? ARGH! STUPID PEOPLE!

Also, glad they weren’t seriously hurt. The dad may be a technodoofus, but neither him for his daughter deserved to be hurt by that blast. I just feel badly for all the other people minding thier own business that got flattened by that blast. Just so heartbreaking.

wearyman on April 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Clearly we need tougher fertilizer control laws. We can start by getting rid of the high concentration of bullcrap in D.C.

Oxymoron on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Prayers for everyone in the kolache capitol of Texas (if you drive through West on I-35, you have to visit the Czech Stop and the Little Czech Bakery).

Ward Cleaver on April 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I know it’s wrong, and not the right time, but dang it, when will people stop holding the phone VERTICALLY when making a video? ARGH! STUPID PEOPLE!

Also, glad they weren’t seriously hurt. The dad may be a technodoofus, but neither him for his daughter deserved to be hurt by that blast. I just feel badly for all the other people minding thier own business that got flattened by that blast. Just so heartbreaking.

wearyman on April 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Yeah, he definitely misjudged what’s a safe distance to a burning fertilizer plant. Glad they’ll be okay.

This happened 66 years and one day after the Texas City disaster. There were plenty of sightseers around the S.S. Grandcamp when it blew up, and they were all obliterated. At least 581 killed, and windows blown out in Houston, 40 miles away. My mom was 27 at the time, and she remembered it well, along with the 1937 New London school natural gas explosion, where her dad (my grandfather) helped pull bodies from the rubble.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster

Ward Cleaver on April 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Another sad day. My prayers to everyone affected in this tragedy.

dogsoldier on April 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

and after the past 36 hours, Chicago will be floating out in Lake Michigan….we each have our own opinion if this is a bad thing or not.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-flooding-20130418,0,5889145.story

tencole on April 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

When I was a child, my father took us to see a house in the county where the family had been away on vacation, and their house filled up with natural gas, no one was killed, and no one knew what sparked it, but there wasn’t a piece left bigger than a small dog house left.

I’ve seen death, but not on this kind of scale. Just one at a time, and never from trauma like this. Even on a screen, it’s heart rending.

mark81150 on April 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Hopefully the 60-70 dead figure is faulty reporting like the Boston Marathon bombings.

The media has done a great deal to further damage its credibility this week. I am happy about that.

bw222 on April 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

When people turn from God … .

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

When people turn from God … .

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

God blows up a town of TruCons in RealAmerica? That doesn’t make sense, logically. Instead, a freak asteroid should hit the Upper West Side of Manhattan or something.

Right? I mean, that would make sense.

antisense on April 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Prayers for everyone in the kolache capitol of Texas (if you drive through West on I-35, you have to visit the Czech Stop and the Little Czech Bakery).

Ward Cleaver on April 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Part of me wants to drive down there and buy some kolaches for work/home.

TMOverbeck on April 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Wow. They had a lady on the radio earlier who said the shock wave from the explosion killed her pets. Holy crap.

Midas on April 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

26 years ago I married a proud Slovakian-American gentlemen. He and I have many fond memories of West. For those not familiar with this tiny town, it is populated almost exclusively by descendants of Czech settlers. You can get a smile and a kolache at the Czech Stop bakery, stroll over to Nemecek’s and buy some wonderful smoked meats and sausages and wander in the little shops there that sell Czech crystal and gifts. In West you are likely to see a guy wearing a t-shirt that proclaims “Yak Se Mas” (hi, how are you in Czech) while wearing his cowboy hat and boots and working on his tractor. In other words, a wonderful little Texas town filled with hard-working, God-loving folks. These are the kinds of people who will give you the shirt off their back if you need it. They are Texas tough as they come. They need our prayers and support right now and I will be sending both. God bless the folks of West.

neyney on April 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

“There are only 2,218 inspectors at both the federal and state level who inspect workplace safety to cover 7.5 million workplaces employing more than 130 million workers. That’s one inspector for every 57,984 workers. At this rate, OSHA can inspect a workplace on average once every 129 years and state OSHA inspectors could inspect one every 67 years.

Was West Fertilizer Co. left on some kind of “honor system,” then? According to EPA reports pulled by the Dallas Morning News, the company checked “no” under fire and explosive risks and speculated that “the worst possible [accident] scenario…would be a 10-minute release of ammonia gas that would kill or injure no one.” We can only take the bosses at their word at our own risk…

From:http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/3837

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

From the Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20130417-west-fertilizer-plant-said-in-report-that-it-presented-no-risk.ece

Thank heavens we’re starving the budgets of regulatory agencies in “business friendly” states like Texas.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Thank heavens we’re starving the budgets of regulatory agencies in “business friendly” states like Texas.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

So you know already what caused the fire? Who knew you were so smart?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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

Why certainly ! If they had just checked the other box none of this would have happened.
Paperwork is powerful stuff indeed !

Jabberwock on April 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

So you know already what caused the fire? Who knew you were so smart?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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 people turn from God … .

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

God blows up a town of TruCons in RealAmerica? That doesn’t make sense, logically. Instead, a freak asteroid should hit the Upper West Side of Manhattan or something.

Right? I mean, that would make sense.

antisense on April 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

God sends His rain on the righteous and unrighteous. How far from God do people need to get before God starts withdrawing from them?

“In the beginning was the Logos ( the reason; the “sense”; the logic) and the Logos was with God and the Logos was God.”

I can understand how anitsense would not understand logic.

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Why certainly ! If they had just checked the other box none of this would have happened.
Paperwork is powerful stuff indeed !

Jabberwock on April 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

It is possible they would not have been allowed to operate the close to town, it is possible that precautions that they did not take, would have been taken. 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

Another horrible tragedy. What a sad week this has been.
May the Lord bless and provide comfort to all.
Prayers for the victims and their families.

Buttercup on April 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

For those looking for news coverage on this story, Democracy Now is giving it a lot of attention.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Hey libfreeordie this isn’t the time. Shame on you, but you probably don’t have any shame to begin with. You are sowing, wonder what you will reap?

neyney on April 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Hey libfreeordie this isn’t the time. Shame on you, but you probably don’t have any shame to begin with. You are sowing, wonder what you will reap?

neyney on April 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The professional liar has to get his daily quota of hypocrisy in. Imagine how he’d react if his same reasoning had been applied to the invocation of standard public health measures in San Francisco in the 1980′s…

ebrown2 on April 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Sorry pal, West was found deficient in it’s original set up when it was purchased in 2006. They were cited by the EPA and then cleared to operate after corrections were made. The BATFE also cleared them for operation. Unless you don’t know the EPA and BATFE are Fed operations. The same Fed that your GawdNSavior runs.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It is possible they would not have been allowed to operate the close to town, it is possible that precautions that they did not take, would have been taken. 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

Coupala things here.
1) Which came first ? The factory, or the bulidings around it ?
I honestly do not know.
2) Pretty sure that the dangers of such a plant are well known. It was well known what was produced there. Especially in Texas. 66 years and 1 day from worst industrial disaster in US history. Same stuff.

Jabberwock on April 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Sorry pal, West was found deficient in it’s original set up when it was purchased in 2006. They were cited by the EPA and then cleared to operate after corrections were made. The BATFE also cleared them for operation. Unless you don’t know the EPA and BATFE are Fed operations.

Evidence please. Also respond to the Dallas Morning News evidence.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Evidence please. Also respond to the Dallas Morning News evidence.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

You already supplied it. CBS Dallas already reported the safety record of this storage facility last night. The 2006 violation of the release of ammonia fumes and that it had been corrected and received EPA clearance.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM

libfreeordie – The bodies haven’t even been counted yet and you’re casting blame and politicizing this horrible tragedy with your contempt for “business friendly Texas”.
You truly are a sick individual. May God have mercy on your black heart and vacant soul.

Buttercup on April 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

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

sentinelrules on April 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

sentinelrules on April 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Yeah that 50+ year old storage facility sure bucked the odds, huh?

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

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

Chernobyl says “you are out of your league child…go live in the real world for once.”

Why do you in academia fail to properly educate and protect the young adults of America? Maybe if your ilk had a shred of competency and accountability the gun free college campus would not be the death trap it is today.

Do you even lift?

ClassicCon on April 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Has anyone here in TX heard from Perry making a statement yet? I haven’t read or heard of anything on our local Corpus Christi stations.

Please dear God, help those wounded and hold those killed in Your arms. Please comfort the families and friends.
Amen.
L

letget on April 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

letget on April 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

There were two statements last night and he is scheduled to hold a press conference in Austin this afternoon.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

letget on April 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

http://www.rickperry.org

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Thank you. As I said I hadn’t seen anything. I thought it would be unlike Perry not to make a statement. I will look for his press conference later.
L

letget on April 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

pambi on April 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Thank you also.
L

letget on April 18, 2013 at 12:11 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

Huh. HA ate my comment. Again.

Suffice to say it was asking if libfreeordie actually knows anything about chemicals and explosions or if it was just repeating what the leftists are throwing out there (seriously? “solidarity”? and Democracy Now? remember you used those sources the next time someone here calls you a communist). Then I mentioned that the DMN article referenced points out that the product isn’t explosively dangerous in gaseous form (might be why that box was checked “No”!), but it is a problem when you mix it with water – you know, like firefighters putting out a fire?

Now, there *might* be an issue of whether the firefighting plan they gave to the city was appropriate, given that concern. Or, there might be an issue as to whether the firefighters were following the plan correctly. Or, perhaps there was some other failure at the plant that allowed this horrific incident to occur. (I have read some accounts that the fire reached a tanker truck first.)

Either way, c’mon, libfree, you’re really not even trying at this.

GWB on April 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Oh, and, you quote this from the communist website:

There are only 2,218 inspectors at both the federal and state level who inspect workplace safety to cover 7.5 million workplaces employing more than 130 million workers. That’s one inspector for every 57,984 workers. At this rate, OSHA can inspect a workplace on average once every 129 years and state OSHA inspectors could inspect one every 67 years.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

That is what is known in math classes as a Major Conceptual Error, or MCE. You see, they give you two sets of numbers, divide using the one set (workers divided by the number of inspectors), but give you the words of the other set (inspecting workplaces). Outside math, they just call that a LIE.

GWB on April 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The State of Texas enviro rep just spoke at news conference. One violation at plant in 06. It was an odor complaint. It was resolved and permit issued. No other violations. Plant established 1962.

Limerick on April 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

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