Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, has exploded: Large numbers of wounded

Fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, has exploded: Large numbers of wounded, Updated at 12:00 a.m. EST

KHOU reports that four blocks around the West fertilizer factory have been leveled.

A hotline has been set up for those who are concerned about loved ones in the Waco area. Call 254-202-1100.

Original report:

CNN News has reported on April 17 that there has been an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. The story is just breaking, and details are not known, but there are reportedly many injured from the surrounding community. The explosion occurred around 8:50 p.m. ET

The West Fertilizer plant is located north of Waco, and a school and a nursing home are nearby. CNN reported that the nursing home had collapsed and patients were trapped inside.

The CEO of Hillcrest Hospital told CNN that a field triage stations has been set up on a football field near the plant.

The exact number of wounded is unknown, but CNN is reporting that serious injuries are coming in to hospitals. Anderson Cooper says that young people and children from the surrounding area are being seen in hospitals; it was not just the employees of the plant.

It is unknown what prompted the fire and subsequent explosion. Details are still coming in to news agencies.

One of the concerns that reporters are hearing is that there is a second tank that could explode, according to CNN.

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