A massive blast at a fertilizer plant Wednesday night killed an estimated five to 15 people, wounded more than 160, and damaged 50 to 60 homes in a 5-block area, officials in West, Texas said Thursday.
The explosion rocked the West Fertilizer Co. at about 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) Wednesday night. It's being treated as a crime scene until investigators determine whether it was an accident. Authorities say that nothing indicates the source is criminal activity, but they are not ruling that out.
Firefighters, including local volunteers, were battling a fire at the plant at the time of the explosion, which caused a ground tremor equivalent to a magnitude 2.1 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to reports, Baptist Medical Center in Waco said 66 patients have been treated at its trauma center, and Providence Hospital in Waco said it had received 65 patients.
There are only about 2,700 residents in West, Texas, which is located about 20 miles north of Waco.
Another press conference will be held later this morning. We will continue to update this story here on www.northwestohio.com and tonight on WNWO News at Six.