Skip to comments.Powerful Explosion Rocks Small Town North of Waco
Posted on 04/17/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT by kristinn
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There’s a big difference between an accident and an intentional terrorist attack.
Both are tragedies, but one is murder. That makes a difference in coverage.
Let’s just hope this was an accident.
West is just up the road from the Branch Davidian compound, which burned on April 19, 1993, twenty years ago this week.
This is crazy week.
If I get blown apart because someone screwed up at a fertilizer plant, I think I’ll feel about the same as I would if I was blown apart by a terrorist bomb.
You’re right! How close?
Live coverage ....
Triage at football stadium. Dozens of ambulances.
Just reported that a nursing home has collapsed.
Hilcrest Hospital in Waco told to expect at least one hundred patients.
Pray for these people!
“Son in Arlington felt the explosion. Amazing. Nursing home and apt. complex on fire...”
I’m in Kennedale and felt it too but had no idea what it was. Yeesh.
Wow... Sounds enormous. Prayers up.
Looks like a nuclear explosion.
Usual fog of war... Multiple CP’s, unassigned resources, etc.
It’s horrible! I think they are preparing for another explosion! Evacuating the football field? That is where all the ambulances are!
Evacuating command post in Community Center deemed unsafe.
In the America that I grew up in, my first (and probably only) reaction to an incident such as this would have indeed been accident. And that it very well may be. So says Occam's Razor. But, even without donning a tinfoil hat, it's increasingly hard to at least consider muzzie involvement. Their cunning evil knows no bounds and their actions throughout the world only serves to make them objects of suspicion.
Well, that goes without saying. Pearly gates either way, I should hope!
Abbott is about equidistant between Hillsboro to the north and West to the south. The two towns are about 7 miles apart.
Given there was a fire early in the day that was extinguished, but then flared up again, this screams accident.
I have a feeling that through all of this there were no evacuations could end up with someone in jail, though.
Great kolaches. Used to stop there everytime I travelled from Waco to Dallas.
It’s known as a Czech community.
Yes, you would.
But we'd feel differently depending on the root cause.
Our subsequent actions would be vastly different too.
I understand communities grow up around existing businesses, but scenes like this illustrate the stupidity of allowing a nursing home, school, residential area, or any other heavily populated buildings to be built near a fertilizer or chemical plant. City council - we need jobs and we need a tax base so let’s approve the placement of a nursing home next to a fertilizer plant. Solid zoning and urban planning on display here.
How in the world could such a business even get insurance? I am watching this in absolute amazement.... there was a fire at a fertilizer plant and the firemen rushed to the plant? Do they know anything about fertilizer?
Wow. Just wow. I am a Capitalist with a big “C” and I want every community to have jobs, nursing homes, schools, housing, and fertilizer plants. However, one of those things should not be in close proximity to the rest of that list.
FAA ~ Im in Kennedale and felt it too but had no idea what it was. Yeesh.
Approximate distances please?
Should we spend more money on preventing industrial explosions or terrorist explosions?
Split the difference between Waco and Texas City anniversaries.
Anniversary of the Great Texas City Explosion, 16April1947.
Westfest, held every Labor Day.
I hate myself for Monday morning quarterbacking here and prayers up for those affected. I am just stunned that they would allow a nursing home, school, and residences to be built close to such a plant.
Someone on twitter posted info that they are hearing between 50-60 dead God I hope that is NOT true
Presuming that the plant pre-dates the other construction (which is probably likely).
But it's Texas - it's not like they don't have room to put the fertilizer plant another couple miles outside of town.
That's also a form of prevention.
On the Inhabitants of the Middle East
200 years from now, I want their children's children's children's children to cower and cringe in fear whenever they hear the sounds of jet engines overhead because their legends tell of fire from the sky.
I want them to hide in dark caves and holes in the earth, shivering with terror whenever they hear the roar of diesel engines because the tales of their ancestors talk about metal monsters crawling over the earth, spitting death and destruction.
I want their mothers to be able to admonish them with "If you don't behave, the Pale Destroyers will come for you", and that will be enough to reduce them to quivering obeisance.
I want the annihilation to be so complete that their mythology will tell them of the day of judgment when the stern gods from across the sea .. the powerful 'Mericans .. destroyed their forefathers' wickedness.
13 SEP 01
I know this town pretty well, broke down there in 1998, and the result was most unpleasant. It is heavily Czech.
It’s got to be bad. Scott and White Hospital, 30 miles south of Waco in Temple, is told to expect between 100 and 200 patients.
Wow. Just wow.
Watching Channel 8 now and they have some hellatious video of the explosion.
It does truly look like a small nuke going off. Darnedest thing I’ve ever seen on tape.
Absolutely HORRIBLE..prayers UP for everyone affected..such a horrendous year..never know what the next day will bring
West to Arlington is roughly 80 miles and West to Kennedale is a shade over 70 miles.
So this is less important because you don’t get to have fun fantasies of nuking Mecca?
I was a bit worried that it wasn’t as important because industrial explosions tend to afflict obscure places in flyover country.
If other storage facilities were nearby, another explosion might happen tommorrow.
Lesson from history of the Great Texas City Explosion of the SS Grandcamp on 16Apr47. the following day, 17Apr47 (66 years ago):
The ship SS High Flyer, in dock for repairs and also carrying ammonium nitrate, was ignited by the first explosion; it was towed 100 feet from the docks before it exploded about sixteen hours later, at 1:10 A.M. on April 17. The first explosion had killed twenty-six Texas City firemen and destroyed all of the city’s fire-fighting equipment, including four trucks, leaving the city helpless in the wake of the second explosion.
A man was arrested with an IED in Waco three days ago.
Go to google maps for West Texas, look just to the east of mile marker 354 you’ll see a school facility and foot ball field. Then look north across the street about 500 ft and that is the West Fertilizer Plant. Put Google Maps on Satellite and you’ll see the tanks, etc.
Lots of residential buildings in that area.
Oh no....4 firefighters and one police officer dead....OMG
The good news is that they knew what they were going in to and -hopefully- had a good pre-fire plan.
Some years ago there were several guys who were killed fighting a fire in a parked trailer of ammonium nitrate late at night and had no clue what they were dealing with.
It sounds like the incident commander has a good staff and they are in front of the problem and not playing catch up.
Back to what you said, one only has to look at Texas City 1947 and the Morton Thiakol blast in NV to see potential.
Apparently took out a couple of EMS guys as well as a few fireman in the initial blast. Their building is a stone’s throw away.
A street full of houses are totally flattened.
Initial count of fatalities are approximately 60-70 at the moment.
I can’t believe such a plant could be located so close to a neighborhood, hospital & school. Who thought that was a good idea?
KFAA just reported 60-70 fatalities, hundreds injured...
Just heard on WFAA that there could be as many as 70 dead.Praying so for this town and our country right now.
WBAP reporting "dozens of injuries" - "entire town of West being told to evacuate"....
“Approximate distances please?
West to Arlington is roughly 80 miles and West to Kennedale is a shade over 70 miles. “
Just about. 67.1 miles from my doorstep to the West city limits per Google.
I went outside for while after I felt it but never heard any sirens and never saw any smoke in any direction. Wasn’t sure what I felt until this broke.
Your photo was from a 2008 oil refinery explosion out in western Texas. Not to be confused with the town of West, Texas.
There are cops being told they’re in a hot zone....evacuate!
This hits close to home. I lived in Waco for a long time. Know people from West.
OMG I am in tears right now..absolutely HORRIBLE..I heard the reporter on WFAA was crying..unreal..life is so precious have to live everyday like its your last