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Texan Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 18, 2013

At a fertilizer plant in West Texas has had a massive explosion, and than this resulted in a devastating fire to spread across the nearby town of about 2,600 residents. Approximately half of these people had to evacuate their houses, due to the fire, which was quickly spreading and destroying dozens of homes and other buildings. There has not yet been a definitive casualty count, and firefighters and other emergency personnel are still trying to help people and contain the blaze. Estimates are between five and fifteen, though it is very difficult to tell with the current situation. The mayor of the town said that “it was like a nuclear bomb… big old mushroom cloud.” Over 160 people were injured, varying in severity. The explosion was strong enough to measure as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. This is a brutally devastating explosion in this town, and it will be hard for them to rebuild. However, they say that they are strong, and will be able to. “It’s not the end of the world.”

Personally, I am shocked about this incident.  I don’t understand how this actually happened – authorities are unsure about what caused this, which kind of put me on edge. I don’t know if it was an accident or not. I really hope that the firefighters are capable of containing this huge fire, and that people are able to eventually get back to where they weer before this incident occurred.

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