There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West that exploded and killed at least 14 people. This is not unusual.
Moment after nail-biting moment, the events shoved us through a week that felt like an unremitting series of tragedies: Deadly bombs. Poison letters. A a colossal explosion. A violent manhunt.
Finally with a firm body count, the Central Texas town torn and bruised by a crater-making fertilizer plant explosion shifted toward recovery.
Most explosion rescue and emergency activity in the Town of West has centered on a five-block radius around the plant. But CBS 11 discovered there is significant damage that officials may not have seen yet.
Worshipers came by the hundreds to pray at a non-denominational church service honoring the victims of a McLennan County fertilizer plant blast.
One day after a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, some Texans are realizing how they skirted the line between life and death. One man broke down while talking to a CBS 11 News crew.
The blast from the explosion at the West Fertilizer plant Wednesday night caused damage to property in town and far away. Standing in almost any spot, broken windows can be seen for miles around.
After the explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in West, first responders took the majority of those injured to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Officials have just confirmed that a North Texas firefighter was killed in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion.
The Texas fertilizer plant where an explosion injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number of others was cited for failing to obtain or to qualify for a permit in 2006.
The fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the town of West on Wednesday evening caused ripple effects miles away. There are reports of both people and animals, in other Texas cities, being knocked off their feet.
Incredible video and pictures have surfaced showing the fury of a natural gas line explosion near San Francisco, complete with the massive ball of flame billowing in the air.