LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013—In a week where death and destruction seem endless, tragedies continue. On Wednesday, at 7:50pm an explosion at the Adair Grain West fertilizer plant located East of Waco, Texas has destroyed 50 to 75 homes and caused the collapse of a nursing home.
A fire broke out at the plant a couple of hours earlier, and firefighters were on the scene when the explosion happened. The devastation covered several blocks as people reported hearing what sounded like a bomb going off only to see a “fireball” in the sky.
West Texas Mayor Tommy Muska and McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara confirmed fatalities, in addition to over one hundred people injured. As of midnight, the plant was still on fire and toxic fumes are a concern.
This came only two days after twin bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 176 people. The day in between Boston and Waco involved letters laced with Ricin sent to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.
At least two other Senators also received suspicious letters and a person was apprehended, in the Senate building with a backpack with additional envelopes inside.
The fertilizer explosion was the second daily jolt for Texas, as earlier in the day a woman was arrested for conspiring to kill judges and district attorneys. Kim Lene Williams, 46, is being charged with murder in the death of Kaufman County District Attorney Michael McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, county officials announced Wednesday. Williams is also charged with murder in the death of prosecutor Mark Hasse.
Bail is set at $10 million with the Kaufman County jail website listing her as being booked about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
There is little consolation for any tragedy, particularly one that involves the loss of life and injury. Mayor Tommy Muska confirmed to CNN that over 160 people are hospitalized, and that there are an unknown number of fatalities as homes and building in the area were leveled to the ground.
The fertilizer explosion appears, at this time, to have started as small factory fire that reached stores of ammonium nitrate, resulting in the bomb like combustion.
Governor Rick Perry is saying that for now the local community has what they need to battle the blaze. This small town of West, Texas has less than 3,000 people living in it.
In addition to the firefighters, HAZMAT teams were also on the scene. The local football field has been turned into a triage center.
Right now we have a tremendous amount of injuries, probably over 100 injuries at this time,” State Trooper D.L. Wilson said at a press conference early Thursday morning.
“We do have confirmed fatalities,” but would not release any specific figures, as the area was still being searched for bodies.
Historically, this week in history marks numerous Texas tragedies.
It is interesting to note that this Waco fire and explosion came 66 years to the day of another Texas explosion that involved fatalities. On April 16, 1947, the detonation of 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate followed a small fire aboard a French shipping vessel.
This Friday is the 18th anniversary of the attack by Timothy McVeigh on the Edward Murrow’s building resulting in the death of 168, including 19 children.
It also came two days before the twentieth anniversary of the siege on the Waco compound that killed David Koresh and 81 other Branch Davidians and four federal agents. Nevertheless, barring evidence to the contrary, this current explosion is just a tragic coincidence.
A 2:00am press conference by an official from the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed fatalities but not the number of them. The official also said that when firefighters arrived, they immediately realized that the fertilizer plant had the potential for an explosion. This allowed them to evacuate as many people as possible. So while lives were lost, many more were saved.
Sheriff McNamara implored people not to come and try to help. The town had all the physical help they need at this time. Mayor Muska emphasized that the best thing everybody could do at this point is just pray.
A sad fact is that the explosion occurred on a Wednesday night, which in the South is a big night for prayer. Many people were leaving church when the explosion happened.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist, and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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