What started out as a fire at a fertilizer plant just north of Waco turned into a huge explosion that has literally rocked the entire town of West, Texas. There have been two deaths and multiple injuries confirmed as a result of the blast that happened just before 8 PM CT, but unfortunately, that number is expected to rise greatly.

So far over 200 people have been injured and 40 are in critical condition. A large portion of those people were firefighters and first responders. The explosion has affected a six-block radius that includes nearly 200 homes and businesses, including a nursing home. There has been a large scale evacuation of 2,600 people.

It was a like a nuclear bomb went off," Mayor Tommy Muska said. "Big old mushroom cloud. There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow.

There is a very good chance that more explosions could go off, so there has been a no-fly zone setup and they are urging people to stay out of the area. If you know someone in the Waco area and can't get in touch, a number has been set up for more information at 1-254-202-1100.

The blast was so massive, it registered as a 2.1 seismic event. The fire has been contained by over 30 firefighting crews. According to those firefighters and authorities, casualties could rise as high as 70 or more as people are feared to be trapped in damaged buildings. There is also great concern about the toxic chemicals in the air.

Firefighters at the scene said they were concerned aboutanhydrous ammonia, a pungent gas with suffocating fumes that is used as a fertilizer.

When exposed to humans, it can cause severe burns if it combines with water in the body.

And exposure to high concentrations can lead to death.

We will update this post as we receive more information, and we ask you to join us by saying a prayer for West, Texas.


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