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Deadly devastation at Texas factory

Last updated on: April 18, 2013 15:35 IST

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A massive blast ripped through a fertilizer plant in Texas, killing many people and injuring hundreds of others as buildings were destroyed after the factory exploded in a huge fireball.

The blast took place on Wednesday night at the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, outside Waco, with more than 130 people evacuated from a nearby nursing home, and at least 200 patients admitted to hospitals following the incident.

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Image: Smoke rises as water is sprayed at the burning remains of a fertilizer plant after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas
Photographs: Mike Stone/Reuters
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Shattered galss covers items in the front of a thrift show after the West Fertilizer Company exploded

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Photographs: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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A chemical trailer sits among the remains of the fertilizer plant

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Photographs: Mike Stone/Reuters
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With smoke rising in the distance, a law enformcement officer runs a check point at the perimeter about half a mile from the West Fertilizer Company

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The remains of the fertilizer plant

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Photographs: Mike Stone/Reuters
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The remains of the fertilizer plant burn

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Photographs: Mike Stone/Reuters
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