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Old 04-17-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Explosion at fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/17/us/texas-explosion/

The Waco Tribune newspaper, in an online account, quoted an emergency dispatcher calling for multiple ambulances and saying, "we have a lot of injured here."

The Tribune said several buildings were reported to be on fire, including a middle school in West, a town of some 2,700 people about 80 miles south of Dallas and 20 miles north of Waco.

This is all just too much.
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@wacotrib 9m Update on West explosion: "...Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.” ***************/11f7e3y

@wacotrib 8m TxDOT warning I-35 travellers: I-35 likely to become clogged as the emergency vehicles come and go from West. Advise alternate routes

@RobertWilonsky 16m From Waco Trib's @kirstencrow down in West, TX: Triage being performed on nearby football field after explosion

@KayBee1188 16m @JasonWhitely Abbott HS is opening its gym for evacuees. Contact infor- You are welcome to call Ronda Ballew at 254-749-4855 for directions
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Holy cow! What the heck is going on here?
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The photos on the news are stunning. There's a large apartment building that appears to have a huge part of the second floor gone, just blown away.
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Prayers for everyone affected by this horrific event.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:50 PM   #6
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It's terrible. My friends in Texas are all over twitter. Hearing horrible stories.

ETA - here is what I'm hearing from friends in West on FB and Twitter. The plant was on fire and firefighters were responding the explosion happened. I've heard the "all homes w/in 4 blocks" of the plant destroyed from a friend who's family is in West. A friend near Ft Hood said that helicopters are in and out of Darnell Medical Center...more than they have ever seen.

I'm also hearing that a nursing home near the plant has collapsed and they are asking for more responders there.
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That is so sad. Hopefully it was simply an accident, but given the events in Boston as well as the Ricin mailings, I'm sure many people's minds will turn to terrorism. I just hope people will not invent wild rumors like some of the ones that came out of the Boston bombings.
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@wacotrib 9m Reporter @lowellmbrown at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center doctors in scrubs outside of hospital awaiting West explosion victims

@RedCrossDFW 18m Our teams are on the way to West, Texas, along with @CenTexRedCross. Keep good thoughts for all of the families! More to come.
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@wacotrib 9m Update on West explosion: "...Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.” ***************/11f7e3y

@wacotrib 8m TxDOT warning I-35 travellers: I-35 likely to become clogged as the emergency vehicles come and go from West. Advise alternate routes

@RobertWilonsky 16m From Waco Trib's @kirstencrow down in West, TX: Triage being performed on nearby football field after explosion

@KayBee1188 16m @JasonWhitely Abbott HS is opening its gym for evacuees. Contact infor- You are welcome to call Ronda Ballew at 254-749-4855 for directions
It's so so bad. This is horrific, I just can't imagine.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local...west-texas.ece
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We are 15 miles away with many friends in West. All our friends have been accounted for but two friends have homes that were destroyed. People who are there are saying the scene is awful, worse than you can imagine. Hoping that's not true but hearing it from multiple sources. A nursing home on fire, people trapped inside, school on fire, fire fighters trapped, etc. So scary and sad.
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We are 15 miles away with many friends in West. All our friends have been accounted for but two friends have homes that were destroyed. People who are there are saying the scene is awful, worse than you can imagine. Hoping that's not true but hearing it from multiple sources. A nursing home on fire, people trapped inside, school on fire, fire fighters trapped, etc. So scary and sad.
I'm so sorry! I have a friend in Whitney, which I think is close-ish?
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So tragic. Sending up prayers for all affected.
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