West Fertilizer blast killed 15, injured 262 − state report

24 June 2014 22:37 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The April 2013 explosion of the West Fertilizer distribution facility in Texas killed 15 and injured 262, according to a government report issued on Tuesday.

On 17 April 2013, an ammonium-nitrate-fuelled explosion at West Fertilizer in the central Texas town of West killed 15 people, a majority of whom were first responders, when an undetermined fire started and eventually ignited the stockpiles of the crop nutrient, which lead to a massive eruption which caused significant damage.

The report was issued by the Waco-McLennan County Health District and the Texas Department of State Health.

According to the report, 14 were killed at the time of the explosion from fractures, blunt-force trauma or blast-force injuries, while one individual died shortly after.

Of those that died, 10 were firefighters; two were civilians responding to the blaze; two lived in a nearby apartment; and one lived in a nearby nursing home.

The blast directly injured 252, while 10 more were injured during clean-up or from debris. Of those injured, 22% were admitted to a hospital, according to the report.

By Mark Milam