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Some 60 to 70 people were killed and hundreds were injured by an explosion at a fertilizer plant outside Waco, Texas, local media reported, citing the local emergency manager.
 
The report could not be immediately verified by AFP, but KWTX television cited West Emergency Management Services Director George Smith as confirming the death toll.
 
The explosion comes as the United States was on edge as it pieces through deadly explosions that hit the Boston marathon on Monday, followed by letters, apparently poisoned with ricin, sent to President Barack Obama and a US senator.
 
Firefighters responding to the scene in West were also injured in a secondary blast, according to radio traffic by emergency managers being broadcast by CBS News.
 
“There has been an explosion on the fire scene, there are firefighters down at this time,” a dispatcher said.
A man on the scene reported that “the restroom is severely damaged we have many people down.”Firefighters also said they were setting up a triage unit at an apartment building where people were trapped.
 
The explosion at the West Fertilizer plant occurred just before 8:00 pm (0100 GMT), Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager told AFP by phone.
 
The cause was not immediately known but he said it was a anhydrous ammonia explosion.
 
Fire departments from nearby jurisdictions rushed to the scene in the small town of West, north of Waco, where the blast was so powerful that it knocked down some nearby buildings, and set fire to others.
 
“An explosion has ignited adjacent structures to the plant,” Yeager said.
 
The injured were being rushed to local hospitals.
 
Neighbors told local media that their windows were blown out by the force of the explosion.
“It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb,” Jason Shelton, a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West, told The Dallas Morning News.
 
“I live about a thousand feet (300 meters) from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows. There's houses leveled that were right next to it. We've got people injured and possibly dead.”The Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 claimed 168 lives.
 
Bill Bohannan, who was visiting his parents in West, near the plant, witnessed the explosion.
“It knocked us into the car... Every house within about four blocks is blown apart,” he told the Waco Tribune-Herald.
 
Crystal Anthony told the paper that a nearby nursing home, apartment complex and West Middle School had also caught fire. Anthony said she and her daughter were almost knocked down several blocks from the explosion.
 
“We've been moving patients out of the nursing home and taking them to the football field and gymnastics building on Davis Street,” she added.
 
April 19 will be the 20th anniversary of the Waco siege, a deadly confrontation between federal authorities and heavily armed locals there. After a 51-day standoff, a gun battle broke out with US agents and the Branch Davidian religious group's compound burned.
 
Dozens of people were killed in an incident that many far-right groups see as a symbol of egregious US government overreach.

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  • jacoob Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:00 AM

    Goes well locally as well whatya think matey ?

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:03 AM

    War Criminals...? Yes...LTTE War Criminals ?

    jacoob Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:01 AM

    war criminals will be caught , punished period

    Gayan Thursday, 18 April 2013 03:50 PM

    The whole lot was "taken care of" in 2009.

    Thileep Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:10 AM

    definitely north korea

    lionheart Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:31 AM

    Terrorists and thier supporters being killed is not a war crime. We know you and the diaspora want the world to see it that way. Killing terrorists and thier supporters is the best anyone can do for humanity. Also please note, whatever happens, you will not get EELAM in Sri Lanka. The sooner your peanut brain analyzes that the better for you. Now stop wasting time and get back to your job in cleaning toilets, before they fire you.

    sss Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:41 AM

    well, since LTTE did even worse balance things out

    sss Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:45 AM

    shame on America? Shame on people who make heartless comments here

    Pradeep Gomes Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:43 AM

    At least two killed and hundreds likely injured after massive explosion at fertiliser plant near Waco in Texas.

    Askar Thursday, 18 April 2013 07:43 AM

    Shame on America and it's people. Nobody showing sympathy for victim.

    Rath Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:16 AM

    Sorry for the victims..today America paying for crrimes commited against millions of poor Iraq and Afgan people in the past..KARMA WORKS!!!

    nalakan Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:21 AM

    what about the safty standards

    ind Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:26 AM

    reaping the harvest !

    Public Service Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:32 AM

    To the US Govmnt & People - Remember what goes around comes around either man or Divine made. Just leave Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Iran alone to their own fate and all will be well for you. Otherwise wait for the next one!!!

    ListenToMe Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:33 AM

    Neither in any of the mainstream western media nor in twitter this number of fatalities are confirmed.

    Tom Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:37 AM

    US will link this to Iran and start the war, you want to bet??

    Hash Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:31 AM

    War criminals were punished in Nandikadal 3 years ago.

    SAM_SPARROW Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:51 AM

    Really? Same thing happend in Sri Lanka too. Nobody showing sympathy for SL.

    willows Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:24 AM

    USA can you feel the explosions now, we are sorry for the victims, but to Pres. Obama keep us away in peace.

    kumar Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:29 AM

    That should also applies to Sri Lanka as well!! The same KARMA will punish Sri Lankan War Criminals.

    gamini Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:32 AM

    what will happen to srilanka for war crimes

    Patriot Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:35 AM

    If it happened in North Korea or China you will know the exact figure.

    Justice Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:39 AM

    Or would it be North Korea


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