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  • In this aerial photo, law enforcement and rescue personnel search the damage to an apartment complex from the explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in West, Texas.

      In this aerial photo, law enforcement and rescue personnel search the damage to an apartment complex from the explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in West, Texas.
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  • A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas after an explosion Wednesday.

      A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas after an explosion Wednesday.
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  • In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas, on Wednesday.

      In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas, on Wednesday.
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  • A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.

      A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.
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  • This video image provided by KWTX-TV shows some of the injured from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night being pushed across the high school football field to waiting ambulances in West Texas. The blast injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings.

      This video image provided by KWTX-TV shows some of the injured from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night being pushed across the high school football field to waiting ambulances in West Texas. The blast injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings.
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  • An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium following an explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday in West, Texas. An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco caused numerous injuries and sent flames shooting high into the night sky on Wednesday.

      An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium following an explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday in West, Texas. An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco caused numerous injuries and sent flames shooting high into the night sky on Wednesday.
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  • Smoke fills the air after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.

      Smoke fills the air after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.
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  • Rescue workers gather near a damaged apartment complex after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.

      Rescue workers gather near a damaged apartment complex after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.
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  • Rescue workers work near a damaged apartment complex after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.

      Rescue workers work near a damaged apartment complex after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday.
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  • This video image provided by KWTX-TV shows an injured woman from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night being helped into a waiting ambulance in West, Texas.

      This video image provided by KWTX-TV shows an injured woman from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night being helped into a waiting ambulance in West, Texas.
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  • A firefighter walks past a pickup truck with debris from a storage shed on it at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after the explosion Wednesday.

      A firefighter walks past a pickup truck with debris from a storage shed on it at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after the explosion Wednesday.
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  • A firefighter searches a nursing home that was damaged after an explosion at a neary by fertilizer plant Wednesday.

      A firefighter searches a nursing home that was damaged after an explosion at a neary by fertilizer plant Wednesday.
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  • Elderly people from a nearby nursing home are triaged in a parking lot before being moved to a school stadium after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.

      Elderly people from a nearby nursing home are triaged in a parking lot before being moved to a school stadium after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.
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  • A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a near by fertilizer plant exploded.

      A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a near by fertilizer plant exploded.
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  • An emergency worker walks through damaged apartment building after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.

      An emergency worker walks through damaged apartment building after the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday.
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  • An injured elderly person is assisted as a nursing home is evacuated after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant Wednesday in West, Texas.

      An injured elderly person is assisted as a nursing home is evacuated after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant Wednesday in West, Texas.
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  • Emergency workers evacuate elderly from a damaged nursing home after the explosion in West, Texas.

      Emergency workers evacuate elderly from a damaged nursing home after the explosion in West, Texas.
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  • People are seen pushing wheelchairs in front of a damaged nursing home after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant.

      People are seen pushing wheelchairs in front of a damaged nursing home after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant.
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A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday injured dozens of people and killed an unknown number of others, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and leveling buildings for blocks in every direction.

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