West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Explosion Photos
Photos from the explosion yesterday in the small town of West Texas, just north of Waco.
WEST, TX - APRIL 18:
Residents gather outside the West Community Center to pray for the victims and survivors the day after the West Fertilizer Company explosion April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. The fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, killing more than five people, injuring more than 160 people and leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction.
Hewitt, Texas police officer Mike Zahirniak (C) comforts his son, Coy Zahirniak, 9, outside the West Community Center the day after the West Fertilizer explosion. Coy alerted his family to the fire across the street from his grandfather Willie Zahirniak's home and the plant exploded as they evacuated. The home was destroyed and Coy has been credited for saving his family from harm.
Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building.
West High School senior students Kelsey Hoelscher (C) and Heather Perry (R) embrace after praying for the victims and survivors the day after the explosion. Hoelscher's uncles, Bob Snokhous and Doug Snokhous, were volunteer fire fighters who are presumed dead.
Blown out plate glass windows lay shattered on the sidewalk and street.
Shattered galss covers items in the front of a thrift show after the West Fertilizer Company exploded April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Smoke rises in the distance about half a mile from the West Fertilizer Company
Blown out plate glass windows lay shattered on the sidewalk and street after the West Fertilizer Company exploded April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
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 April 18, 2013 in West, Texas
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Earth moving equipment rolls through the downtown area in the middle of the night after the West Fertilizer Company exploded.