As many as 160 hurt in massive explosion at Texas fertilizer plant


A powerful explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, near Waco, shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday injured more than 100 and likely killed an unknown number of people, the Associated Press reports. CNN and the Dallas Morning News were among the news outlets reporting that officials put the death toll at between five and 15.

Several emergency responders are among those who are not accounted for, the Morning News reported.

Investigators are treating it as a crime scene until investigators determine whether it was an accident. A fire had broken out at the plant and firefighters were working to put out the blaze. "Nothing at this point indicates we have had criminal activity, but we are not ruling that out," Sgt. William Patrick Swanton of the nearby Waco Police Department told reporters.

The blast leveled other nearby buildings and damaged homes, and was felt as far as 45 miles away, the AP reported. A member of the city council in West, Texas, Al Vanek, said a four-block area around the explosion was "totally decimated," the AP said.

Incredible video footage from NBC 5 Dallas-Ft. Worth shows the massive blast:

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