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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Explosion at Texas fertilizer plant

Multiple people were injured and numerous buildings were damaged in a large explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, according to local authorities and media reports.

Investigators told KFDM-TV of Waco that the explosion, which occurred about 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) at the West Fertilizer plant in the small town of West, about 20 miles north of Waco, destroyed nearby buildings and damaged a nursing home.

West Middle School was among the buildings reported to be on fire, KWTX-TV of Waco reported.

NBC 5 of Dallas quoted witnesses as saying a nearby funeral home and an apartment complex sustained serious damage. It said Interstate 35 was closed in McLennan County.

NBC station KCEN of Waco reported that many of the injured were being treated at a nearby community center. There was no immediate word on the severity of their injuries. (Continues)

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