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Between 5 and 15 people killed in Texas plant explosion

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A massive explosion rocked a Texas fertilizer plant, FOX 4 in Dallas reported.  The explosion killed between five and 15 people and injured at least 160.

The plant is located in the city of West, near Hillsboro in north-central Texas. 

According to FOX 4, city of Waco Spokesperson Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said a fire began Wednesday evening at the West Fertilizer plant. Fifty minutes later, an explosion was reported in a frantic radio call from the scene of the fire at the plant at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35.

EMT's in the area said they saw broken glass everywhere, homes were on fire and the mood was chaotic.

Swanton said as of 2:00 a.m., law enforcement are still removing injured people from their homes. He said many people were still trapped inside homes and businesses near the explosion. He said while driving through the debris, he saw windows blown out, bricks torn off buildings, and homes were leveled. He compared the scene as "tornadic in effect."

FOX4's Brandon Todd reports a tank at the fertilizer plant is still burning as of 1:30 a.m. Officials are hoping it burns out on its own.

A medical response/triage center was set up on the football field in West. In fear of a second blast, the triage center has been moved to a community center.

A local hospital was told to expect 200 people. More than 1,100 people were said to be without power.

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas:
"We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake.


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