West Fertilizer Plant
Fears of terrorism have made it harder than ever for citizens to find out what dangerous chemicals lurk in their backyards. Secrecy and shoddy record-keeping have kept the public and emergency workers in the dark about stockpiles of explosive material.
The West First Baptist Church is paying the bill, using $200,000 in donations received from people across the state and nation to bring down the damaged homes.
CBS 11 News has learned federal agents are now investigating the six-alarm condominium fire in which a Dallas firefighter was trapped and killed.
Through his attorney, Jonathan Sibley, the 31 year old pleaded not guilty to possessing a destructive device. Sibley disputes federal prosecutors’ accusations Reed had chemicals, metals, and other equipment to make a pipe-bomb.
Dr. George Smith credits God that he was able to get out from under the debris at the West nursing home minutes after the West Company fertilizer plant exploded.
A federal grand jury has indicted Bryce Reed, a former West paramedic, for possessing an unregistered firearm including components to make a pipe bomb.
The massive clean up in West, Texas seems to have only just begun. Many residents are now preparing for their condemned homes to be destroyed, including Joye Nors, who lived blocks away from the explosion site.
The arrest of Bryce Reed and the announcement of a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion in West are a couple of stunning changes in the story.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened its Disaster Relief Center Saturday to offer grants and other services to residents and businesses.
A total of 28 state and federal agencies are investigating why the West Fertilizer Company’s plant caught fire and exploded two weeks ago.
A baseball game between two high school teams usually invites tense competition. But before Tuesday’s game in West, the visiting team presented gifts to the opponents.
More entertainers will be making music in support of a Central Texas town decimated in the deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival announced that next month’s performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West.