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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Oh, my Lord. They were hit with concussion, I'd WAG. The boy (or woman???) was deafened. Who would've thought that wasn't a safe distance???? I wonder how many people worked at that plant - and how many of them made it out safely. Jesus.
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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    that's awful. i wish that guy hadn't taken his kid that close. hopefully they are ok.

    as for the hearing loss, i had an antique .22 blow up on me when i was ten, and i was deaf for a day. hearing came back completely, though. hopefully it will for them, too.

    in the 1990s, we had a chemical plant blow up many miles from my town, but i still heard the boom, and it was significant. i remember driving home that night and seeing what looked like the setting sun on the wrong horizon. it was eerie.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Still haven't seen one report on how this fire started.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Wow, that explosion looked epic. I can't imagine what it must be like to be in proximity.

    Accidents happen.... hopefully however this was started it can be figured out so more technical safety measures can be put into place.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Still haven't seen one report on how this fire started.
    That usually takes time. I think right now they are busy securing the scene, putting out hot spots, gathering bodies, etc. Sometimes it takes months to figure that out.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Six firefighters and two EMS among the dead. Sickening.

    Two EMS Workers, Six Firefighters Killed In West Explosion CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

    There was a fire earlier this year at the fertilizer plant:

    West fertilizer plant caused school evacuation earlier in year - WacoTrib.com: Local

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    This was my explosion experience. Broke my windows.

    The PEPCON disaster was an industrial disaster that occurred in Henderson, Nevada on May 4, 1988 at the Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) plant. The chemical fire and subsequent explosions claimed two lives, injured 372 people, and caused an estimated US$100 million of damage. A large portion of the Las Vegas Valley 10 miles (16 km) away was affected, and several agencies activated disaster plans.

    It seems the death toll in Texas is lower than the original claims. Yes, even 1 is too many but the number of 60 floating around last night seemed exaggerated to me.

    What a difficult year.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    Texas Town of West located between Hillsboro and Waco along interstate 35 rocked by massive explosion. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant explodes. I just heard 60 dead and 100 injured on the local news here in North Texas. Please pray for the victims and the people of West.

    Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas - CNN.com
    God bless those people and their families.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    In 1976 I was 9 years old, and lived inside the Houston 610 loop.

    I vaguely remeber watching the evening local news and seeing people being dragged out of this white cloud just to be confirmed dead seconds later.

    A 7000 gallon tanker truck left the 610 loop and fell 20 feet below emptying its entire contents of nearly 100% of Anhydrous Ammonia on to the US 59 underpass.

    There are pictures and video on youtube of a large white cloud. People drove through it, pulled over overcome and died.

    The only savings grace was that the dewpoint was low that day, as Anhydrous ammonia ( without water) seeks water and on sweaty skin will burn the flesh right off your bones.

    Instead it wound up in the lungs of over a hundred people. 75 were hospitalized, 6 died, 178 needed medical treatment.

    The tanks at the explosion site containing anhydrous ammonia were a priority, its why first responders stayed on site, cooling the tanks with fire hoses.

    IF those tanks ruptured, the tragedy would have been catastrophic. Massive low lying clouds of Anhydrous Amonia moving through that community like a creeping death, instantly attacking the lungs, eyes and nasal passages of everyone in its path.
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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    In 1976 I was 9 years old, and lived inside the Houston 610 loop.

    I vaguely remeber watching the evening local news and seeing people being dragged out of this white cloud just to be confirmed dead seconds later.

    A 7000 gallon tanker truck left the 610 loop and fell 20 feet below emptying its entire contents of nearly 100% of Anhydrous Ammonia on to the US 59 underpass.

    There are pictures and video on youtube of a large white cloud. People drove through it, pulled over overcome and died.

    The only savings grace was that the dewpoint was low that day, as Anhydrous ammonia ( without water) seeks water and on sweaty skin will burn the flesh right off your bones.

    Instead it wound up in the lungs of over a hundred people. 75 were hospitalized, 6 died, 178 needed medical treatment.

    The tanks at the explosion site containing anhydrous ammonia were a priority, its why first responders stayed on site, cooling the tanks with fire hoses.

    IF those tanks ruptured, the tragedy would have been catastrophic. Massive low lying clouds of Anhydrous Amonia moving through that community like a creeping death, instantly attacking the lungs, eyes and nasal passages of everyone in its path.
    Some of the emergency personnel died to protect the area then.

    This incident causes words to fail me....
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