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Official: No Sign Of Criminal Activity In Blast

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded  on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

WEST, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A state fire official says there’s no sign of criminal activity in the explosion of a fertilizer plant in Central Texas that killed 14.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said Saturday that authorities will begin removing four tanks from the plant in West as a precaution to safeguard those working there. Kistner said the tanks contain ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia.

He said investigators still do not know where on the property the fire began, but industry experts are calling the massive explosion the result of “the perfect storm.”

A fire touched off a massive explosion Wednesday at the West Fertilizer Co., destroying homes, schools and a nursing home within a several-block area of the site.

Kistner said no other materials on the site pose any danger.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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