60-70 Dead In West ‘War Zone” Explosions
By Deborah Dupre
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A series of explosions sounding like three bombs with fires shooting flames high into the sky have occurred in West on Wednesday night, have caused 60-70 deathsand around 200 injuries in what looks like a war zone, rocking buildings 35 miles away and leveling homes.
West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as up to 70 people have died and 200 injured Wednesday night in the fertilizer plant explosion in West, north of Waco.
“Of the 200 people injured, 40 were injured critically, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Gail Scarborough said. It was unclear whether or not there were deaths,” reported ABC News around 11:00 P.M. EST.
The initial blast sounded like a bomb, according to Waco lawyer Walter Skip Reaves, who lives about 3/4 mile from the fertilizer plant said to be the source of the explosion and fires.
Lydia Zimmerman of Bynum, who was working in the garden with her husband and daughter at the time of the explosion, said, “It sounded like three bombs going off very close to us.”
A fertilizer plant on the 1400 block of Jerry Mashek Dr. exploded, causing multiple fires and subsequent deaths and injuries. A fire started in an anhydrous ammonia tank and spread to the building, authorities have said.