May 11 2016

What could possibly go wrong?

So, you have this fertilizer plant that hasn’t been inspected in years and years in Texas where regulation is lax at best and in this case absolutely non-existant.

You store hundreds of tons of chemicals, all legitimate components of fertilizer mind you despite that fact that in many combinations they are highly explosive.

As in open pit strip mining Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing explosive.

Now you build around that plant 3 schools, a nursing home, and an apartment building. and you secure this facility with a plain old chain link fence.

Then you light a match, what do you get?

Explosion That Killed 15 at Texas Fertilizer Plant Is Ruled Intentional
By MANNY FERNANDEZ, The New York Times
MAY 11, 2016

The announcement by investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came three years after the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant on April 17, 2013. In the years since, law enforcement officials had never revealed a cause. They had previously said three possibilities were under consideration, including faulty electrical wiring, a short-circuit in an electrical golf cart and an intentional act of arson.

On Wednesday, federal officials said the fire that preceded the blast that day had been “incendiary,” or intentionally set. All accidental and natural fire scenarios were tested and eliminated, officials said.

(T)he explosion in West left a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Fifteen people were killed — 10 of whom were volunteer firefighters and emergency responders — and more than 260 others were injured. Of the town’s 700 homes, about 350 were affected by the explosion, including 193 that were destroyed or severely damaged.

Three schools, a nursing home and a 50-unit apartment complex were destroyed or heavily damaged, not only from the fires that ignited after the explosion, but also from the force of a blast that registered as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake.

1 comment

  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

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