NY Times: A huge explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near West, a town in central Texas, caused many injuries, according to the town’s Fire Department and news reports.
Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via Associated Press
A bystander looked on as emergency workers tried to put out a house fire in Waco on Wednesday night.
The New York Times
The explosion near West also affected a nursing home
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D. L. Wilson, said that the blast at the plant, West Fertilizer, just off Interstate 35 north of Waco, had resulted in “probably hundreds of casualties,” but that he did not know if anyone had died, Reuters reported. Mr. Wilson said that a local nursing home had been caught in the blast, and that people were believed to be trapped inside.
“We’ve had a big explosion at a fertilizer plant,” said a woman who answered the phone at the Fire Department in West, but who declined to identify herself, citing department rules. “There are injuries, casualties; it’s terrible.”