Cause of Texas Plant Explosion still Unknown

Texas Fertilizer Plant ExplosionThe massive Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion last April 17, 2013 is considered as one of the worst industrial accidents in America in years. However, what the triggered the occurrence of the said fertilizer plant explosion is still unknown.

Effects of the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Texas

The blast shook the town of West around 8pm Wednesday. A total of 14 people were killed, at least 200 people were injured, and a huge number of houses and business establishments were destroyed due to the fiery explosion. A great number of people were rushed in the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and Providence Health Center in Waco due to the explosion. Most patients have serious injuries, including head trauma and orthopedic problems and some had cuts, minor burns and breathing problems. Among the dead were four emergency service workers and five volunteer firefighters.

The effect of the fertilizer plant explosion was devastating. A four-block area around the center of the explosion was completely destroyed. Around 75 homes were damaged including an apartment complex with 50 units. The explosion knocked out power and was audible miles away from the blast. The US Geographical Services has even recorded a magnitude 2.1 from the blast which is comparable to a minor earthquake.

Investigators have already identified the exact spot where the explosion occurred; however, investigation still continues to determine the cause. Local officials are working hand in hand with federal law enforcement organizations, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in investigating the root cause of the blast.

The spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Franceska Perot, said that investigators were still combing through the debris of the explosion. She said residents should not return to their homes until they’re finished. However, she could not give a definite timetable in which this task would be completed.