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Texas fertilizer plant that exploded and killed 14 found to be storing excessive amounts of ammonium nitrate (Update)

5:16 AM MDT | April 18, 2013 | Lindsay Frost and Deepti Ramesh

Reports indicate that the death toll has risen to 14 and over 200 people were injured, with several people still unaccounted for, following a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant at West, TX on 17 April. The explosion is believed to have been triggered by a small fire at the West Fertilizer Co. plant—owned by Adair Grain Inc.—although the official cause is still undetermined according to the most recent reports. Although the main fire was brought under control within a few hours, the explosion, which damaged much of the 2,700-people town of West...

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