Deadly fertilizer blast in Texas devastates town
Fertilizer plant explosion injures many and damages school
A deadly explosion ripped through a Texas fertilizer plant near Waco late on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said.
"We do have confirmed fatalities," Texas Public Safety Department spokesman DL Wilson told a news conference about four hours after the explosion. "The number is not current yet. It could go up by the minute. We're in there searching the area right now and making sure that it's safe."
The West Fertilizer Company said it had 54,000 pounds of the chemical, the Dallas Morning News reported.