"An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the town of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.
A hospital in nearby Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said.
Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was being set up on a football field near the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion."
Reports are that Firefighters were already on the scene to fight a fire at the plant when the explosion occurred. Houses leveled, apartments and nursing homes destroyed. Possibility of ammonia in the air. Not much has been confirmed yet, these are all reports.
According to a press conference just hosted:
"50 to 75 houses have been destroyed completely. Almost everyone has been evacuated. The plant is still smoldering, and more chemicals remain on site, firefighters unable to work on the fire as of now."
The explosion was registered as a 2.1 earthquake, says the USGS.
Seems bad, absolutely terrifying. My thoughts and condolences to all those affected.
For those of you with loved ones in West, Hillcrest has released an official hotline for people looking for loved ones possibly injured in West. The number is 254-202-1100.