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West Fertilizer Plant explosion

explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas

The West Fertilizer Plant explosion was an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco. It happened just before 7:50 pm CDT. There was a lot of damage to buildings and houses. Fourteen people were killed and over 160 injured. The cause of this blast was ammonium nitrate.[2] However, the cause of the fire that took place before the explosion is currently unknown.[3]

West Fertilizer Plant explosion
West Explosion Aerial.jpg
Aftermath of the blasts
LocationWest Fertilizer Co.,
1471 Jerry Mashek Drive,
West, Texas, United States
Coordinates31°48′58″N 97°05′17″W / 31.816°N 97.088°W / 31.816; -97.088Coordinates: 31°48′58″N 97°05′17″W / 31.816°N 97.088°W / 31.816; -97.088
DateApril 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
7:50:38 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Non-fatal injuries
more than 160


  1. Nomaan Merchant and John L. Mone (April 18, 2013). "Fertilizer Plant Explosion In Texas Levels Buildings, Claims As Many As 15 Lives". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  2. Formby, Brandon (May 6, 2013). "Investigators blame ammonium nitrate in massive West explosion - The Dallas Morning News".
  3. "Ammonium nitrate was trigger for Texas blast, state agency says". Reuters. May 7, 2013.