West Fertilizer Explosion
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.
Taking a wrecking ball to a piece of history. More heartache may lie ahead in the town of West. Wednesday the school district voted to demolish the old high school. Officials said the building was too badly damaged by the fertilizer plant explosion.
Anyone can ask companies what they’re storing and get answers within 10 days.
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.
More than 300 residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday after a fire started at a fertilizer storage facility in the east Texas city of Athens. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
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 men who died last year fighting a fire at a fertilizer plant that then exploded in West have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.
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.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that West volunteer firefighters were not fully aware of the risk of ammonium nitrate exploding at the West Fertilizer Co. plant.
It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in buildings without sprinklers.
Today’s Easter service was an important one for those in West, Texas, who this week marked the one year anniversary of the explosion that rocked the town.