Texas plant explosion

Associated Press
Emergency workers assist an elderly person at a staging area at a local school stadium Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. An explosion Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin, causing major damage at nearby buildings and injuring numerous people. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

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An explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West on April 17 killed at least 14 people and leveled dozens of homes and spewed toxic fumes that forced evacuations of half the community.

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