Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Injured Dozens
By John L. Mone and Betsy Blaney
The mayor of a Texas town where an explosion leveled a fertilizer plant says he doesn't yet know how many people were hurt or killed in the blast.
West Mayor Tommy Muska said at a news conference that there was a fire at the West Fertilizer plant before Wednesday night's explosion.
The blast could be heard at least 45 miles away and it caused major damage to surrounding buildings.
An official from a hospital in nearby Waco says at least 66 people were taken for treatment there, including 38 who were hurt seriously.
West is just north of Waco. The explosion could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles away. A nearby resident said the blast was like being in a tornado because ``stuff was flying everywhere.'' Debbi Marak says her windshield was blown out. She and her family fled after being told there could be another explosion.