A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town has left an unknown number of people dead and dozens injured, and leveled homes and buildings blocks away.
The explosion occurred around 8pm in a community near Waco, TX. According to CBS, the explosion could be heard 45 miles away.
While its still unknown exactly how many people have perished, it pretty clear that hundreds of people have been impacted by this tragedy.
Stories from survivors are absolutely horrifying.
A member of the city council, Al Vanek, said there is a four-block area around the explosion “that is totally decimated.” Wilson said the damage was comparable to the destruction caused by the 1995 bomb blast that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Muska, who is also a volunteer firefighter, said the town’s department went to the plant to fight a fire about 6:30 p.m., and the blast that followed knocked off his fire helmet and blew out the doors and windows of his home nearby.
Erick Perez, 21, of West, was playing basketball at a nearby school when the fire started. He and his friends thought nothing of it at first, but about a half hour later, the smoke changed color. The blast threw him, his nephew and others to the ground, and showered the area with hot embers, shrapnel and debris.
“The explosion was like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Perez said. “This town is hurt really bad.”
A truly horrific and devastating situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this tragedy.