West Fertilizer Company

A makeshift sign is placed on the side of a road in West, Texas, on April 20, 2013, three days after the April 17 fertilizer plant blast which killed and injured residents of this small Texas community. At least 14 people were killed, most of them first reponders, and 60 people are missing following a powerful blast that destroyed the Texas fertilizer factory and dozens of nearby homes, officials said April 20.  AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

West Planning Remembrance Program On Explosion Anniversary

The City of West is planning a remembrance program on the one year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

CBS 11–02/27/2014

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Feds Grant $20M For Schools Ruined In Fertilizer Blast

A federal agency is granting $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

02/10/2014

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

ATF: Work On West Explosion Case Continues

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying […]

12/05/2013

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

OSHA Cites West Fertilizer Co. For 24 Violations, Proposes Fine

The company that operated the West fertilizer plant that exploded and killed 15 people has been cited with 24 serious safety violations and a proposed fine of more than $118,000.

10/10/2013

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.

08/26/2013

West Middle School (credit: CBS 11)

Students In West Looking Forward To Fresh Start

West ISD has spent the past weeks scrambling to provide classroom space to replace the three schools damaged in April’s chemical plant explosion. And now, a sprawling maze of tan portable buildings surrounds the damaged frame of the old intermediate school.

08/26/2013

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West Fertilizer Plant Tragedy Prompts Gift From Michigan Fire Department

A Texas tragedy prompted a gift of caring all the way from Michigan to the Abbot Fire Department, which rushed to assist those affected by the blast in West last April.

CBS 11–08/24/2013

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Michigan Fire Department To Donate Fire Truck To Abbott, Texas

A gift from a small town in Michigan will help replace a fire truck lost in the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West.

CBSDFW.COM–08/23/2013

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West Paramedic Freed Pending Pipe Bomb Trial

A former Central Texas paramedic has been released on bond pending trial on a federal charge that he possessed pipe bomb materials.

08/22/2013

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Homebuilder Comes Out Of Retirement To Help Veterans In West

At the age of 76, two years after he retired, Dan Pokluda never thought he would be building houses again.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

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Displaced by Deadly Blast, West Residents Rebuilding, Moving Back Into Their Homes

In only eight days, Steven Kuchera, his wife Stephanie, and twin 17-year-old sons Jackson and Nick will be moving into their new home in West.

CBS 11–08/02/2013

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President Obama & Private Sector Try To Improve Safety After Deadly Explosion in West

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

08/01/2013

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