According to official estimates from both state and company officials, this amount did not even begin to cover the cost of damages. Rafael Moure-Erasostated: It was later moved to a community center due to its proximity to the still-burning facility. The report was issued in June  and the study was later published as a scientific manuscript in Explosion in West, Texas".
Background[ edit ] West Fertilizer Company had supplied chemicals to farmers since it was founded in Its terms have not been disclosed.
We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board safety video about the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas The facility caught fire on Wednesday, April 17,and roughly 20 minutes after the fire was first reported to emergency dispatchers the site exploded.
I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded. March At least seven lawsuits were filed against Adair Grain Inc.
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Boardan independent federal agency that investigates accidents involving industrial chemicals, also dispatched a major investigation team to West to begin searching for the cause of the disaster. Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco received over 40 injured for treatment.
George Smith, himself injured, said he believed at least two emergency responders were killed. He said the blast zone was "just like the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City," comparing its effects to the Oklahoma City bombingand that "50 to 75" homes and businesses were damaged.
It found that company officials failed to safely store the chemicals in its stockpile, and that federal, state and local regulations about the handling of hazardous materials were inadequate. On April 22,the U. On October 11,a day before jury selection was to begin, parties reached a partial settlement in one case.
We cannot depend on voluntary compliance. Many of the nursing home residents received cuts from flying glass, but emergency personnel on scene judged that most of these injuries were not life-threatening. The facility lacked burglar alarms, or even a fenced perimeter.
It should never have occurred. A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced on the morning of April 18 that it would send a national response team—including fire investigators, explosive experts, chemists, and canine units—to investigate the site.
The settlement includes the families of the three civilians killed in the fire and explosion.
My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue.
OSHA also cited the plant for violations of respiratory protection standards, but did not impose a fine. Numbers for people dead or injured varied initially. Damage[ edit ] In addition to the obliterated plant, the damaged buildings included the public West Middle Schoolwhich sits next to the facility.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene. Furthermore, according to The Dallas Morning NewsTexas law allows fertilizer storage facilities to operate without any liability insurance at all, even when they store hazardous materials.
Swanton quoted local environmental officials and emergency personnel in saying there was no risk to the community from the smoke fumes rising from the facility.
He said at least people had been injured, and the firefighters who were combating the initial fire were still unaccounted for. Waco Police indicated that they would treat the explosion site as a crime scene out of caution. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities.
They reopened on April OSHA officials said the facility was not on their "National Emphasis Plan" for inspections, because it was not a manufacturer, had no record of a major accident, and the Environmental Protection Agency did not consider it a major risk.
The tanks were still intact following the fire and explosion.May 11, · News that arson caused explosion in West, Texas, raises more questions than answers. The EPA is rolling back Obama-era proposals to toughen chemical plant regulations after West Fertilizer explosion.
On April 17,an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, eighteen miles (29 km) north of Waco, while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility.
Fifteen people were killed, more than were injured, and more than buildings were damaged or destroyed. May 12, · An explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant in Texas in was a criminal act, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday.
In this aerial photo, law enforcement and rescue personnel search the damage to an apartment complex from the explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on Thursday, April 18,in West, Texas. Five years ago, a massive explosion in West, Texas took the lives of fifteen people and injured hundreds more.
When a fire broke out at a local fertilizer plant on April 17,few could have.Download