Texas-explosion

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‘It’s like a nuclear bomb went off’: Rescue workers search rubble as up to 15 killed, 160 injured by plant explosion in Texas
Rescue workers searched rubble that witnesses compared to a war zone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

The explosion in downtown West, about 20 miles north of Waco, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away. It sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.

“They are still getting injured folks out and they are evacuating people from their homes,” Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning. He added later, “At some point this will turn into a recovery operation, but at this point, we are still in search and rescue.” (AP Photo/Andy Bartee; AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

Last Night, A Terrible Tragedy Hit My State

The town of West, Texas, 75 miles south of the Metroplex (my home area), was devistated by a massive explosion after the plant caught fire.

According to the Mayor of West, up to 35 people are dead and over 160 people are injured. Many have been displaced by damage and have no food or water. 

What’s worse is this was totally preventable. The fertilizer company lied to the EPA about the safety of their plant. 

According to a report from CNN.com:

“In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency fined the company that ran the fertilizer plant $2,300 and told the owners to correct problems, an EPA spokesman told CNN.

David Gray said the company certified that it had fixed the deficiencies, which included a failure to file a risk management program plan on time.

Also in 2006, West Fertilizer had a complaint filed against it for a lingering smell of ammonia, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website shows.

Separately, the plant had informed the Environmental Protection Agency that it presented no risk of fire or explosion, according to The Dallas Morning News. It did so in 2011 in an emergency planning report required of facilities that use toxic or hazardous chemicals.

The plant’s report to the EPA said even a worst-case scenario wouldn’t be that dire: There would be a 10-minute release of ammonia gas that wouldn’t kill or injure anyone, the newspaper reported.

What happened Wednesday night was much worse.

The company MUST be held accountable for this disaster. Lives have been torn apart, families destroyed, and a quiet community now must pick up the pieces because of that company’s negligence. This is grossly irresponsible. 

If you are interested in helping, please follow the link below to CNN’s story on how to help.

CNN.com -  How to Help

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Explosion in Texas. Bigger than Boston but just as important. Please spread the word and keep the victims of both events in your hearts.

Anonymous says: For those at Texas A&M, Aggieland Outfitters will be taking out a RV tomorrow morning at 9 for donation of supplies (bottled water, blankets, clothes, shoes, toilet paper, baby food, diapers, bottles, formula, toys for kids, etc.) in the Post Oak Mall parking lot. Their two stores will be taking cash donations and 100% of the proceeds will go towards supplies that will go to West.

I’m assuming that this is for people who are in College Station, Texas.

ETA: The announcement was made on their Facebook page. PLEASE wait until the designated time to donate as their will be no personnel on site to accept the donations. 

Aggieland Outfitters posted a list of the items that are being asked for which I will copy here:

  • Blood
  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Toys
  • Adult diapers
  • Uranials
  • peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • gauze
  • medical supplies
  • Cots
  • Air Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • pet crates/carriers
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Weston, Texas fertilizer plant explosion caught on camera. This is some scary shit

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Blows Up… Caught on Tape

Entire blocks of houses are gone, 60-70 people dead already, hundreds of injuries, a nursing home is partially destroyed… good lord.

A few missing statistics: number of dollars spent fighting terrorism vs. number of dollars spent lobbying governments to deregulate industry, or number of politicians calling for the suppression of terror suspects’ legal rights vs. the number of politicians calling for the further deregulation of industry.

Here’s what we do know: The fertilizer plant hadn’t been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. Its owners do not seem to have toldthe Department of Homeland Security that they were storing large quantities of potentially explosive fertilizer, as regulations require. And the most recent partial safety inspection of the facility in 2011 led to $5,250 in fines.

 

Has Congress introduced any new regulation legislation?
Yes, but it would roll back regulations rather than strengthen them. Eleven representatives 2014 one Democrat and 10 Republicans 2014 sponsored a bill in February that would limit the EPA’s regulatory authority over fertilizer plants. It has been endorsed by industry groups such as the Fertilizer Institute. Kathy Mathers, a spokeswoman for the Fertilizer Institute, told ProPublica that the group supports the bill because it would more clearly spell out how the EPA can regulate the industry.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-didnt-regulators-prevent-the-texas-fertilizer-explosion

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Latest images from the Texas explosion caused by 20 tonnes of lethal Ammonia at a fertiliser factory. : ( killed at least 15 and injured over 170 but the the toll is still expected to rise by a considerable amount. Above is a view from about 20 miles away and some nearby flats which were caught up in the huge blast.

What if, when the Mayans said the world was ending, they didn’t mean with volcanoes or earthquakes or aliens. I think that what the Mayans may have predicted is much worse. Ourselves. We are the cause of our own downfall. We spread hate, disease, and carelessness. You can’t even turn your TV on without hearing about school shootings, bomb attacks, explosions, etc.. It’s sad to say that the people we see around us today may be the people we burry below us tomorrow.

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Massive Texas explosion that happened today. 

This week.

Posting about anything trivial happening in my life this week just didn’t seem right. I have been glued to the news, as most of us have been and I can’t even imagine what the families of those effected in Boston and TX are feeling. Close to home, in Chicago, the flooding has left many homes with a lot of damage. Our world is a scary place, but no matter what, I can’t help but think that we are lucky to have a bombing be a rare occurrence. Of course, I wish these tragedies were things we never had to worry about or experience but in parts of our world these things happen daily. I may be outraged that our Senate didn’t pass a VERY important gun bill this week, but I do feel lucky to live in this country. 

I pray for all those who have lost their lives in these tragic events and for their loved ones. Every time something awful happens, I always say I will hug my loved ones a little tighter but I need to do this on a daily basis regardless of the hurt happening around our country, and I hope you will, too.