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BREAKING NEWS: Explosion at fertilizer plant outside Waco, "hundreds" injured

The force of the explosion imploded a nearby nursing home and blew out windows two MILES away.


by Anonymousreply 12705/01/2013

twenty years on

by Anonymousreply 104/17/2013


What a useful, eloquent statement.

by Anonymousreply 204/17/2013

I have been to Waco. It is a bizarre, lost-in-time, borderline abandoned place struggling to stay alive.

I would not be surprised at anything that unfolds there.

by Anonymousreply 304/17/2013

CNN is reporting a dark-skinned man has been arrested.

by Anonymousreply 404/17/2013

I believe the federal standoff with the Branch Dividian cult took place in Waco.

by Anonymousreply 504/17/2013

[quote]CNN is reporting a dark-skinned man has been arrested.

OK, we're talking America here. That doesn't exactly narrow anything down.

by Anonymousreply 604/17/2013

Way to miss the joke, r6.

by Anonymousreply 704/17/2013

Oh, now I get it.

That's so funny. Oh, my sides.

by Anonymousreply 804/17/2013

Can fertilizer explode on its own, given the right atmospheric conditions?

by Anonymousreply 904/17/2013

Could more people have died there than in Boston?

by Anonymousreply 1004/17/2013

2013 begins a bomb or explosions every few days?

by Anonymousreply 1104/17/2013

The Branch Davidian compound was in Elk, TX. This explosion is in West, TX. It's right off I-35. Cute little town that had a large Czech population (relatively). We stopped there often for Czech food on the to/back from Austin or San Antonio.

Anything else going to happen today?

by Anonymousreply 1204/17/2013

Holy shit, the sky is falling, bitches. And I don't have any duct tape.

by Anonymousreply 1304/17/2013

I had nothing to do with it!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1404/17/2013

Nope. Still don't feel terrorized. Next!

by Anonymousreply 1504/17/2013


Everything's bigger in Texas.

by Anonymousreply 1604/17/2013

CNN reporting John King has been arrested.

by Anonymousreply 1704/17/2013

Considering that Waco doesn't have top-notch medical facilities the way that Boston did, I would be surprised if more people didn't die in this explosion.

by Anonymousreply 1804/17/2013

America is in the shitter.

by Anonymousreply 1904/17/2013

[quote]Can fertilizer explode on its own, given the right atmospheric conditions?

Apparently so. Long list of disasters involving Ammonium nitrate (ingredient in fertilizer) at the Wiki link below.

by Anonymousreply 2004/17/2013

I laughed out loud at R4's post. Damn. That was funny.

by Anonymousreply 2104/17/2013

[quote]Can fertilizer explode on its own, given the right atmospheric conditions?

Probably a dust explosion. Grain elevators blow up all the time. All it takes is the right concentration of dust and a spark . . .

by Anonymousreply 2204/17/2013

It's already mid April, R11. 2013 began nearly 5 months ago.

by Anonymousreply 2304/17/2013

The wackos in Waco are at it again. What a shithole. And in Texas, no less. A shithole within a shithole. They're doubly fucked!

by Anonymousreply 2404/17/2013

Dallas here.

The explosion was felt in Arlington. There will be many causalities. Six blocks around the plant destroyed.

by Anonymousreply 2504/17/2013

The real question is who's winging westward as we type: swarthy Chris Cuomo or Hasbeenson Cooper?

by Anonymousreply 2604/17/2013

Already more dead than in Boston.

"One policeman and five firefighters have been reported dead."

by Anonymousreply 2704/17/2013

[quote]Considering that Waco doesn't have top-notch medical facilities the way that Boston did, I would be surprised if more people didn't die in this explosion.

It's pretty rural and it's true they don't have the facilities Boston does.

They have triage set up are air-lifting the worst cases to Dallas, which does have top-notch medical facilities.

Watching it on TV now (we're in Dallas). Incredible number of police, fire depts, EMTs at the site.

The shock was felt 20 miles away.

No reports of any deaths yet but my guess is that there will be some.

Also, it's very windy and we're expecting thunderstorms and high winds overnight.

by Anonymousreply 2804/17/2013

That KWKT is now claiming a West EMS doctor is saying 60 to 70 people are dead. Good Lord.

by Anonymousreply 2904/17/2013


Because we were really struggling with that Boston thing.

by Anonymousreply 3004/17/2013

W&W for R30!

by Anonymousreply 3104/17/2013


Because we were running out of things to blame on Obama for.

by Anonymousreply 3204/17/2013


News cycles rock.

by Anonymousreply 3304/17/2013

This is horrifying. There are 60 dead so far. How could this have happened? Sixty dead!?

by Anonymousreply 3404/17/2013

Why is West, Texas in East Texas?

by Anonymousreply 3504/17/2013

And then this -

Wait for it at 00:30

by Anonymousreply 3604/17/2013

[quote]Why is West, Texas in East Texas?

The Katy Railroad was laid between Hillsboro and Waco in the fall of 1881. The path of the railroad passed through land owned by Thomas West, who moved to the area in 1859. On June 11, 1892, West was officially organized into a town.

by Anonymousreply 3704/17/2013

OMG...What a relief.

I first read that as the explosion outside WeHo.

by Anonymousreply 3804/17/2013

[quote]Dept of Public Safety says Half of West TX evacuated

by Anonymousreply 3904/17/2013

Could there be any relation to the Waco standoff years ago? Like, was West involved in that one at all?

by Anonymousreply 4004/17/2013

I'm tired of things blowing up.

by Anonymousreply 4104/17/2013

Not involved as far as I know. West is about the same distance from Waco as the Elk City Koresh compound was.

by Anonymousreply 4204/17/2013

Fireball in the sky

The blast took place at the West Fertilizer Plant, about 18 miles north of Waco, about 8:50 p.m. ET.

It sent a massive fireball into the sky. Flames leaped over the roof of a structure and a plume of smoke rose high into the air.

"There are lots of houses that are leveled within a two-block radius," Smith said. "A lot of other homes are damaged as well outside that radius."

He estimated that between 10 to 15 buildings were demolished and about 50 damaged.

by Anonymousreply 4304/17/2013

[quote]According to TCEQ website, West Fertilizer was fined $2300 in 2006 for failing to implement a risk management plan.

by Anonymousreply 4404/17/2013

It was anhydrous ammonia!


by Anonymousreply 4504/17/2013

[quote]I have been to Waco. It is a bizarre, lost-in-time, borderline abandoned place struggling to stay alive.

And why were you there, R3?

by Anonymousreply 4604/17/2013

Meth lab ????

by Anonymousreply 4704/17/2013

R26, I get it, you're waging a non-stop war against Cooper, but Cuomo is NOT going to become the King of CNN going by his completely ludicrous performance yesterday.

This week sucks.

by Anonymousreply 4804/17/2013

Texas City disaster of 1947 which began with the Grandcamp's explosion triggered the worst industrial disaster, resulting in the largest number of casualties, in American history. It blew airplanes out of the sky and killed well over 500 people. Sounds like this one is the same kind of thing.

by Anonymousreply 4904/17/2013

R48 is correct that CNN's inaccurate reporting of the Boston bombing suspect today cost it a lot of credibility.

by Anonymousreply 5004/17/2013

I'm hoping Wolf Blitzer will be CNN's sacrificial lamb after yesterday's journalistic debacle. See what I did just then?

by Anonymousreply 5104/17/2013

That link at R36 is fucking horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 5204/17/2013

I did work there, ceramic brick lining of a huge modifier, but you don't need to know that. What you need to know is that natural gas is a basic component of making fertilizer like in this plant. You take high pressure natural gas in large diameter feed tubes and break and reform the molecules into Ammonium Nitrate.

by Anonymousreply 5304/17/2013

The fertilizer plant was next door to a nursing home and within blocks of two schools. This would have been so much worse if it had happened in the middle of the day.

by Anonymousreply 5404/17/2013

If I were there, I'd go through their pockets and get some money

by Anonymousreply 5504/17/2013

I know, R52. Wonder what happened to them.

by Anonymousreply 5604/17/2013

They posted the video so they must be okay. Right? The little boy keep saying he couldn't hear and begging his daddy to get out of here it seemed like the car wouldn't. They probably hate me but I hope they are okay...

by Anonymousreply 5704/17/2013

R54, this is an illustration of why fertilizer plants should not be built near schools.

by Anonymousreply 5804/17/2013

Why would they hate you, R57?

by Anonymousreply 5904/17/2013

WACO (CBSDFW.COM) - A fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, north of Waco, killed as many as 60 or 70 people and injured hundreds according to KWTX, which spoke with West EMS Director Dr. George Smith.

Meanwhile, the residents of the town of 2700 are being asked to evacuate the town Wednesday evening after the explosion of West Fertilizer, located at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35. School buses and ambulances are being used to evacuate residents from the area

by Anonymousreply 6004/17/2013

I think R57 is assuming that folks in that part of Texas would be anti-gay

by Anonymousreply 6104/17/2013

There are a total of 172 people confirmed hospitalized with 23 more people en route/to be admitted. At least 24 people are in critical condition and at 38-40 people are in serious condition. ABC

by Anonymousreply 6204/17/2013

The fertilizer plant was an insatiable bottom.

by Anonymousreply 6304/17/2013

Who was crazy enough to allow a fertilizer plant to be built in that area? Particularly since it has been reported above that this plant has previously been negligent in its safety inspections.

by Anonymousreply 6404/17/2013

Texas: Home of zero regulations, and zero zoning

by Anonymousreply 6504/17/2013

It could be domestic terrorism. All someone had to do was light a match.

by Anonymousreply 6604/17/2013

r55 must have traveled there, because there's enough looting going on to require a police presence, according to reports on MSNBC.

by Anonymousreply 6704/18/2013

What kind of idiot takes video of such a thing...and with his kid in the car??

by Anonymousreply 6804/18/2013

[quote] What kind of idiot takes video of such a thing...and with his kid in the car??

It was a fire. And people gawk at fires and car accidents and fights. If a town allows a fertiziler plant to operate near homes etc., it's not surprising that those same town folk would stand by watching the plant burn.

Unfortunately, just like with 9/11, it appears that first responders (cops, fire fighters, medics, etc.) are among the dead.

by Anonymousreply 6904/18/2013

I think the plant came first and the city grew around it.

by Anonymousreply 7004/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 7104/18/2013

R66, shut the fuck up. Seriously.

Not everything is terrorism. Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 7204/18/2013

THere has got to be some kind of the word the father and son are okay. They show his video constantly. Wonder if he gets money for it...

by Anonymousreply 7304/18/2013

The blast registered as a 2.1 earthquake. Wow!

by Anonymousreply 7404/18/2013

Why are there so few posts on this thread? EVeryone asleep? Primetime? It happened in Texas?

THE setge in David Korish's compound (happened almost excatly 20 years) causes many people to turn against the government. Tim MacVeigh decides to blow up building using fertilizer...

by Anonymousreply 7504/18/2013

I think people have news fatigue, R75. This has been an overloaded week and it's still not over.

by Anonymousreply 7604/18/2013

We are protesting. The Newtown Survivors Children's Choir should be performing at both the Boston Marathon Memorial and the West, TX, Morning After Pancake Breakfast.

by Anonymousreply 7704/18/2013

R73, they were interviewed on Today. They are okay. It's actually a father and two daughters. Today showed the footage.

by Anonymousreply 7804/18/2013

Thank you,sweetie. I hoped they get a tv movie out of it at least...

by Anonymousreply 7904/18/2013

Dallas t.v. sent a doe-eyed Hispanic reporter down there and he's easy on the eyes, although utterly clueless and without sources as a reporter.

by Anonymousreply 8004/18/2013

Interview with the guy who filmed the video:

Derrick Hurtt was in his truck, recording the fire from about 300 yards, when the flames erupted with a blinding flash, followed by a towering pillar of smoke.

He caught the explosion on his camera, along with the panicked screams of his daughter Khloey, who begged him to drive away.

“I’m pretty sure it lifted the truck off the ground. It just blew me over on top of her,” Hurtt said on TODAY. “It all happened so quick that things kind of went black for a moment.”

“It was a pretty horrific scene, some of the injuries we saw,” he said.

by Anonymousreply 8104/18/2013

What color will the memorial ribbon be?

by Anonymousreply 8204/18/2013

I remember when the Branch Davidian crisis was taking place, French television reported the stand-off was in Whacko, Texas, not Waaco.

Too true.

by Anonymousreply 8304/18/2013

R83, it's actually "Waco" not "Waaco". You must be thinking of the auto painting place "Maaco".

by Anonymousreply 8404/18/2013

[quote]He caught the explosion on his camera, along with the panicked screams of his daughter Khloey, who begged him to drive away.


by Anonymousreply 8504/18/2013

All it takes is fertilizer and a match to make a bomb? Scary...

Link to the family who made the scary video. Wonder where the mother Konnie is?

by Anonymousreply 8604/18/2013

That guy is fucking hot.

by Anonymousreply 8704/18/2013

I'm with you, R85... what the hell??

by Anonymousreply 8804/18/2013

*cough cough*

by Anonymousreply 8904/18/2013

Anderson Cooper is now in West, Tx. Anderson: You in danger, gurl!!!

by Anonymousreply 9004/18/2013

The headline really needs to be "Why the fuck was a dangerous fertilizer processing plant next door to a senior center and just blocks from TWO SCHOOLS."

Not a single article I've read on this has even discussed this angle. They report the facts that one of the schools was badly damaged and the seniors home was destroyed, but they don't seem incredulous that such things were so close to an industrial danger.

There's a reason we have regulation and zoning laws. Texas is notorious for ignoring both ("Republican Paradise"). We need to have this discussion.

by Anonymousreply 9104/18/2013

Arab is an ethnicity and Middle Eastern denotes a region. It's ridiculous to say Arabs and Middle Easterners are automatically white people, (especially Arabs). Maybe you should take a trip to Northern Sudan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia....

by Anonymousreply 9204/18/2013

Wrong thread, sorry!

by Anonymousreply 9304/18/2013

Yeah, right, R92. Anything to detract from a real story of national concern.

by Anonymousreply 9404/18/2013

So in Austin here... this guy was running in the Boston Marathon... the bombs went off just after he crossed the finish line.

He returns to Austin and drives up to Dallas... and witnesses the West, TX fertilizer factory explosion.

This guy is cursed! I'm not traveling with him!!!

by Anonymousreply 9504/18/2013

Anderson is on right now talking to a paramedic. Very awkward...

by Anonymousreply 9604/18/2013

At least 45 dead.

by Anonymousreply 9704/18/2013

r95, here's a story link:

by Anonymousreply 9804/18/2013

[quote]There's a reason we have regulation and zoning laws. Texas is notorious for ignoring both ("Republican Paradise").

Nice try, but the feds regulate the chemical industry, not the states, and there is no zoning to speak of in *any* small town, Texas or otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 9904/18/2013

Pretty much any sort of chemical processing plant can blow up underthe right conditions.

Also, places that make dry cake mixes or flour can explode like that as well. It's from all of the fine dust in the air. One spark will basically set the whole air on fire.

by Anonymousreply 10004/18/2013

R99 = typical clueless ignorant repug troll

by Anonymousreply 10104/18/2013


Anderson is on right now talking to a paramedic. Very awkward...

So true R96, that interview made me very uncomfortable

by Anonymousreply 10204/18/2013

I missed Anderson awkwardness. What was going on?

by Anonymousreply 10304/18/2013

Why no official count of fatalities or unaccounted?

by Anonymousreply 10404/18/2013

They're probably trying to figure out who was in there when it exploded. The employee shift records may have been kept in the plant.

by Anonymousreply 10504/18/2013


And chewing gum while being interviewed.

Future Head Cheerleader and Miss Texas contestant.

by Anonymousreply 10604/19/2013

Hey R101

so what part of the post at R99 is incorrect?

by Anonymousreply 10704/19/2013

What?- No celebrity tweets for the victims? What did Kelly Osborne have to say. Or is she too busy taking the heroine away from her father?

by Anonymousreply 10804/19/2013

The notion that small towns don't have any zoning is incorrect.

The notion that small towns elsewhere would have no problem with a chemical factory right next to an old folk's home and a middle-school is ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 10904/19/2013

Oh, hi, remember us?

by Anonymousreply 11004/19/2013

Hey...hey! HEYYYY!!! We could use some HELP around here ya know!

by Anonymousreply 11104/19/2013

Local news about 12 dead and 60 still missing in West, Texas just got preempted to cover Boston news about 1 kid still running after killing 3. I am not putting a value on lives, but I do think those of us in Texas have a greater need to know about West right now.

by Anonymousreply 11204/19/2013

How pissed is Matt Lauer TODAY.

He got shipped to Texas where he got no attention at all and Savannah Guthrie anchored NBC's suspect chase all morning.

by Anonymousreply 11304/19/2013

I'm surprised that congress doesn't explode with all the fertilizer they spew.

by Anonymousreply 11404/19/2013

I thought Perry wanted to seceed. Why's he looking for a government "hand out"?

by Anonymousreply 11504/19/2013

Isn't Texas, by definition, a "gov't handout" as they receive one of the largest influx of Federal dollars among the States? I would certainly be more than happy to sign something to see that they don't keep receiving money to be such ignorant, backward twats.

Just as a matter of staunching the horrible PR that comes out of some extremely conservative mouths that violate our Constitution would be a good start.

Texans just don't cotton to the Constitution [italic]as written [/italic] (unless you're Janine Turner: fucked, birthed and left by Jerry Jone's son without any of the Dallas society Matron trappings that she'd hoped to achieve.)

And now she doesn't know what to do with her former Dallas Society Matron aspirations. Other than to except to do scary and embarrassing radio and internet programs for the Tea Party.

Go, Janine, go!

by Anonymousreply 11604/19/2013

[quote]Isn't Texas, by definition, a "gov't handout" as they receive one of the largest influx of Federal dollars among the States?

Actually, no.

by Anonymousreply 11704/19/2013

[quote]Isn't Texas, by definition, a "gov't handout" as they receive one of the largest influx of Federal dollars among the States?

Nope. It's one of the few red states that gives more in tax dollars to the federal government than it receives.

Really, get your facts before going off on a rant, or you're no better than tea-party morons.

by Anonymousreply 11804/19/2013

An honest to Red gut assembly that really compares came up with that?

by Anonymousreply 11904/19/2013

R119, was that supposed to be English?

by Anonymousreply 12004/19/2013

Now we'll probably never know whether this was criminal or not.

After Boston, everyone won't care and it will fade.

The President mentioning it tonight was telling.

by Anonymousreply 12104/19/2013

[quote]The President mentioning it tonight was telling.

In what way?

by Anonymousreply 12204/19/2013

r122, by the time something gets to the level of a Presidental mention, I think it's either really obvious or really bad.

by Anonymousreply 12304/19/2013

R123, I still don't get what you're trying to imply. Just come out and say it already.

by Anonymousreply 12404/19/2013

An explosian killimg alot of people happens within days of an terrorist attach. We hardly hear anything about. Is it a coverup?

by Anonymousreply 12504/21/2013

This story did not get enough attention.

by Anonymousreply 12604/24/2013

Well we'll probably never get the facts about it since now everyone up there is FULL OF SHIT!Somebody probably said "Let's blow the shit out of something" and his stoner-milita buddy took him literally.At least the trees will grow bigger but the fruit may taste kind of bad.Also the city's water bills are going to be the next thing to go through the roof with all those baths and showers.I wonder if the first person who sawe the blast yelled"OH SHIT!"

by Anonymousreply 12705/01/2013
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