Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas

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    1. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion...


      Please set your audio low as there's an explosion in the middle of the video.

      And also a warning: it's quite a daunting video with the little girl being shocked and saying to his dad how she can't hear anything.

      My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this. Quite a horrible thing to happen so soon after the Boston Bombings. :(


      Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

      (CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the area of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.

      A number of nearby residents were being evacuated because of the possibility of another explosion, officials said.

      A hospital in nearby Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said.

      Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was being set up on a football field near the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.

      "We have had a steady flow of patients coming in by ambulance as well as by private vehicles," Robinson told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

      More than 60 patients were received as of 10 p.m. (11 p.m. ET), Robinson said, suffering from "blast injuries, orthopedic injuries (and) a lot of lacerations. While some of the injuries are minor, others are "quite serious," he said.

      Hazardous material teams were being rushed to the scene, an emergency management official said.
      At least six helicopters are going to fly out those who are injured, Robinson said. Others are being transported by ambulance, and some are getting to the hospital by car, he added.

      Two other hospitals in the region were also assisting.

      As many scrambled to assist the injured, another danger seemed to emerge Wednesday night.
      "What we are hearing is that there is one fertilizer tank that is still intact at the plant, and there are evacuations in place to make sure everyone gets away from the area safely in case of another explosion," said Ben Stratmann, a spokesman for Texas State Sen. Brian Birdwell.

      Photos of the explosion -- which reportedly happened around 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) -- showed a huge blaze and flames leaping over the roof of a structure and a plume of smoke rising high into the air.

      The West Fertilizer Plant is just north of Waco. A school and a nursing home are among the buildings near the plant, CNN affiliate KWTX reported.

      Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he is aware of the explosion, a spokesman said, and was working to get resources into the area.

      Tommy Alford, who works in a convenience store about three miles from the plant, told CNN that several volunteer firefighters were at the store when they spotted smoke. Alford said the firefighters headed toward the scene and then between five and 10 minutes later, he heard a massive explosion.
      "It was massive; it was intense," Alford said.

      Chrystal Anthony, a nearby resident, said she saw the flames engulf a nursing home and an apartment complex.

      "It was an apartment complex that was devastated, the nursing home. The fire was close to a residential area," Anthony said.

      "It was like a bomb went off," said Barry Murry, a resident who lives about a mile away from the plant. "There were emergency vehicles everywhere. It has been overwhelming."

      West, Texas, is a community of about 2,800 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

      Sitting about 75 miles south of Dallas and 120 miles north of Austin, West is one of 22 incorporated communities in McLennan County.
       
    2. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Yes this has been a bad week in the USA
       
    3. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Markku,
      Thank you for posting this. Those of us in the USA are pretty much in mourning right now. Such a bad week already, and now this new explosion in Texas.

      About the girl's hearing: I saw something on T.V. earlier this week from a doctor, who was talking about people in Boston having ringing ears after the bombs exploded. This doctor said that the ringing should be only temporary and should subside soon. I wonder if this type of traumatic ringing and hearing loss is really temporary, or whether some of those people will have any lasting damage to their ears.

      Our hearts go out to all the people who have been affected by these senseless tragedies.
       
    4. oatsey

      oatsey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2011
      Well, it certainly isn't beneficial. It should have deteriorated their hearing in some way, if not noticeably now, perhaps cumulatively.
       
    5. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing

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