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Thursday, April 18, 2013

In pictures: Texas fertiliser plant explosion in West, near Waco (11pics)

 A huge blast likened to a nuclear explosion has ripped through a fertiliser plant in West, near Waco, Texas causing an unknown number of deaths and injuring more than 100 people. These are stills showing the moment of the explosion taken from a video filmed by passerby Rob Gray.
 Authorities say an undetermined number of people had been killed, and that the death toll was expected to rise as search teams combed through the rubble of the demolished plant and surrounding homes
The blast, apparently preceded by a fire at the plant, was reported at about 8 p.m. CDT (0100 GMT on Thursday) in West, a town of some 2,700 people about 80 miles (130 km) south of Dallas and 20 miles (32 km) north of Waco. Above, Andy Bartee's Instagram photo of the explosion at a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas.
 Emergency workers evacuate elderly from a damaged nursing home
 Rescue workers gather near a damaged apartment complex after the nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas
 An emergency worker fights a house-fire after the nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, 20 miles north of Waco
 Rescue workers work near a damaged apartment complex after the explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas
 An injured woman is helped into a waiting ambulance after the explosion in West, Texas
 A seismograph showing the size of the explosion at the fertiliser plant in West, Texas
A screengrab of footage of the fertiliser plant explosion at Waco, Texas
The air in town remained thick with smoke more than two hours after the explosion, and the area around the blast site was littered with shards of wood, bricks and glass

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