West Fertilizer Company
Jeni Janek says she can’t believe two years have passed since the fertilizer plant in West exploded, changing this city of 2800 residents forever.
In West, the community gathered in prayer and held a candlelight vigil to remember the 15 people, mostly firefighters, who died two years ago at 7:51 p.m.
Texas lawmakers are considering regulations designed to prevent another deadly fertilizer plant explosion like the one two years ago in West. But it remains uncertain whether lawmakers will ultimately adopt them.
A congressional report shows Texas has the largest number of plants in the nation that use the most hazardous chemicals.
There is a new federal report into what went wrong in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion. According to a branch of the CDC, firefighters didn’t realize the dangers of the ammonium nitrate on property.
In West, students held what looked and sounded like a homecoming. After all, they want to come home. Adults also joined in the celebration for a soon-to-be built combined West High School and Middle School.
The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.
The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception Tuesday from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.
A health report on the impact of the West fertilizer plant explosion says 262 people were injured in the blast. That’s in addition to the 15 people killed by the April 17, 2013, explosion.
A new state fire marshal report, investigating the firefighter deaths when the West Fertilizer Company plant exploded in 2013, is making some recommendations when it comes to firefighter planning and training.
The fertilizer plant explosion in West that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board presented its preliminary findings about the blast in front of a packed room of residents and town officials.
Some people in West lost family members the night of April 17, 2013. Some lost their homes and there are others who lost both. One of those families spoke with CBS 11 News about the last year and how they’re rebuilding their lives.