West Fertilizer Plant explosion

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West Fertilizer Plant explosion
West Explosion Aerial.jpg
Aftermath of the blasts
Location West Fertilizer Co.,
1471 Jerry Mashek Drive,
West, Texas, United States
Coordinates 31°48′58″N 97°05′17″W / 31.816°N 97.088°W / 31.816; -97.088Coordinates: 31°48′58″N 97°05′17″W / 31.816°N 97.088°W / 31.816; -97.088
Date April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
7:50:38 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Deaths 15[1]
Non-fatal injuries
more than 160

The West Fertilizer Plant explosion was an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco. It happened just before 7:50 pm CDT. There was a lot of damage to buildings and houses. Fourteen people were killed and over 160 injured. The cause of this blast was ammonium nitrate.[2] However, the cause of the fire that took place before the explosion is currently unknown.[3]

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