April 16 marked the 66th anniversary of the massive explosions of fertilizer on ships in the harbor of Texas City, Texas — 576 people died in that 1947 disaster.
A few minutes ago, a disaster/rescue official in West, Texas, said he fears as many as 100 dead in the explosion of the fertilizer plant there, earlier this evening. Another fertilizer tank may explode, and the town is being evacuated.
The fertilizer tank that exploded contained several hundred times the amount of the same explosive used to destroy the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
How can any town ever prepare for that?
- BREAKING: City Of West, Texas Evacuating After Fertilizer Plant Explosion (kake.com)
- Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas (cnn.com)
- Several injured in Texas fertilizer plant explosion (ctvnews.ca)
- A Fertilizer Plant Just Exploded Near Waco, Texas (theatlanticwire.com)
- Texas Fertilizer plant Explosion 100 injured (Video) (guardianlv.com)
- Explosion at Texas fertilizer plant (bbc.co.uk)
- Front page of NY Times on April 17, 1947, featuring Texas City disaster (Tip of the old scrub brush to
@richarddeitsch, and @timothypmurphy)