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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion called Arson
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:19:32 PM »
Terrorists!  It must have been terrorists!  :o

Or the owner trying to collect insurance.  ::)

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/11/us/texas-fertilizer-plant-blast/index.html

Town in shock over news that Texas fertilizer-plant explosion was deliberate

By Emanuella Grinberg and Holly Yan, CNN

Updated 10:40 PM ET, Wed May 11, 2016

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    News that arson caused explosion in West, Texas, raises more questions than answers
    "I don't want to blame anyone for it," resident says

(CNN)Rumors started swirling on Tuesday that the news was coming.
Residents of West, Texas, hoped they would finally learn what happened the night of April 17, 2013, when a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled their town. The blast devastated the small town about 70 miles south of Dallas, destroying 500 homes and killing 15 people, including 12 first responders.

Lifelong West residents Mike and Janet Sulak lost their home in the blast. They had suspicions as to what caused the fire based on bits and pieces of information over the years. Maybe an electrical fire caused the explosion, they thought, something accidental, unintentional, unforeseeable.
Nothing could prepare for them for the truth.
After conducting 400 interviews and lab work on evidence, investigators determined someone started the fire on purpose, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.
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Authorities would not comment on whether they know of a suspect. But "we're headed in the right direction," ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder said. The ATF is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever set the blaze.
The Sulaks watched the news conference in their family-owned pharmacy, West Drug. It left them in complete shock.
Instead of getting answers, they have more questions.
"I'm at a loss," Mike Sulak said. "I can't imagine the intent of the person who would've set it on fire."
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15: People killed

500: Homes destroyed

37: City blocks damaged

2.5: Miles covered with debris

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Families of the those killed have struggled to find answers to what happened on April 17, 2013.
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That night, a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer Co. About 20 minutes later, the plant exploded with such force it caused a magnitude-2.1 earthquake.
"It was like a nuclear bomb went off," West Mayor Tommy Muska said.
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A deafening boom echoed for miles. The blast stripped a 50-unit apartment complex of its walls and windows.
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The blast left a crater 93 feet wide and 12 feet deep.
It also wounded another 200 people in the town of 2,800.
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The West Fertilizer Co. had warned state and local officials but not federal agencies that it had 270 tons of highly volatile ammonium nitrate on site, according to regulatory records.
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The fertilizer company had been cited by federal regulators twice since 2006.
A U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation concluded the explosion was preventable, board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said on the one-year anniversary of the blast.
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Elder, the ATF special agent, said Wednesday that the owner of the plant has been cooperating with authorities.
Victims as heroes
The blast was so catastrophic, it damaged or destroyed houses across 37 blocks, including the home where the Sulaks raised their family.
They count themselves among the lucky ones. They were out to dinner in nearby Waco when the blast occurred. It damaged their home beyond repair but miraculously, their family pharmacy, West Drug, survived.
After more than two years of living with family they moved back to the site of their old home in December. Mike Sulak estimates that donations of money, materials and manpower from across the state saved them $15,000 in rebuilding costs.
"Words to describe it are tough. It brought us all together; we have shared a common experience."
Rebuilding continues elsewhere in town, Janet Sulak said. The nursing home has opened in a new location. This fall the Sulaks' grandchildren will no longer have to attend school in trailers, after the new high school opens. The Sokol gymnasium, a fitness hall with roots in the town's Czech heritage, is open again.
News like this reopens old wounds, she said. Many in town wish it would end.
"It keeps coming up all the time," she said. "Just let it rest, already."
Even if it was arson, part of her still believes it was an accident. Even if someone set the fire, surely it was never the intention for it to spread like it did.
"I don't want to blame anyone for it," she said. "But it happened and I guess we will have to accept whatever the board comes up with and move on from there."
Local residents attend a commemoration ceremony on April 21 for those that perished during the fertilizer explosion.
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West, Texas: A community mourns Local residents attend a commemoration ceremony on April 21 for those that perished during the fertilizer explosion.
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Local residents attend a ceremony in West, Texas, on April 21.
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Residents embrace after a Sunday service at St. Mary's Catholic Church on April 21, four days after the deadly explosion.
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West, Texas: A community mourns Residents embrace after a Sunday service at St. Mary's Catholic Church on April 21, four days after the deadly explosion.
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Residents collect donations on Saturday, April 20.
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A candlelight vigil is held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West, Texas, on Thursday, April 18.
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Eric Garcia, 12, cries during a candlelight vigil in West, Texas, honoring the victims of the explosion on April 18. More than 200 people were injured and 50 homes destroyed in the small town.
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West, Texas: A community mourns Eric Garcia, 12, cries during a candlelight vigil in West, Texas, honoring the victims of the explosion on April 18. More than 200 people were injured and 50 homes destroyed in the small town.
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People gather for a candlelight vigil at a church in West on April 18.
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Residents tend a prayer service at St. Mary's.
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A girl closes her eyes during the vigil.
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Residents embrace after taking part in the vigil.
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A woman clasps her hands during the candlelight vigil on April 18.
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U.S. President Barack Obama attends a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on April 25. The memorial was held for those killed in the blast at a Texas fertilizer plant. Fourteen people, nearly all first responders, died in an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. on April 17. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/gallery/texas-explosion/index.html">See photos from the explosion.</a>
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West, Texas: A community mourns U.S. President Barack Obama attends a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on April 25. The memorial was held for those killed in the blast at a Texas fertilizer plant. Fourteen people, nearly all first responders, died in an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. on April 17. See photos from the explosion.
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Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion called Arson
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 03:20:00 AM »
Terrorists!  It must have been terrorists!  :o

Or the owner trying to collect insurance.  ::)

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/11/us/texas-fertilizer-plant-blast/index.html

Town in shock over news that Texas fertilizer-plant explosion was deliberate

The Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Should Have Never Happened in the First Place

The government is still partly to blame, even if someone touched off the blast.

 
 

Back in 2013, dead in the middle between both of Rick Perry's spectacular presidential flameouts, the business-friendly environment created in Texas by Governor Perry gave back to the community of West by allowing a fertilizer plant explode, killing 15 people, wounding over 100, and pretty much reducing the town to a pile of splinters. 

Now, as NBC News reports, after an extensive investigation, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has concluded that the disaster was deliberately caused by a person or persons unknown.

The explosion flattened the farming community of 2,800 people, just north of Waco, turning some 500 homes into rubble as residents tried desperately to flee the horrific scene. Nearly 200 people were injured. The force felt was equivalent to that of a magnitude-2.1 earthquake, and a 93-foot-wide crater scarred the site of the fertilizer plant, where dangerous chemicals, including ammonium nitrate, were stored.

 

That this is now considered a criminal act in no way mitigates the involvement of Texas' business-friendly environment in the catastrophe. The plant clearly was built much too close to residential areas. The plant was storing far too much ammonium nitrate—which, you may recall, was Timothy McVeigh's cocktail of choice—and allegedly hiding that fact from the responsible federal agencies. And the West facility is far from the only place where this dangerous combination of explosives, neglect, and duplicity come into perilous contact. It appears that somebody may have decided to touch off the explosion. It definitely was far too easy to do so.

 

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Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion called Arson
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 12:02:37 PM »
I loved the way the press reported this.

"After examining thousands of pieces of evidence and reviewing hundreds of hours of witness testimony, investigators have determined that the fire that caused the fertilizer explosion was intentionally set."

I'm guessing there was a can of gas and a box of matches in plain sight. Something along those lines.

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Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion called Arson
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 12:56:02 PM »

ALL fertilizers can be derived from human and animal feces and urine. There is NO excuse for this BULLSHIT Job Security for the chemical AND fossil fuel industries.

And a big FUCK YOU to those "real world" worshipping profit over planet ASSHOLES who claim otherwise.

Have a nice day.
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Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion called Arson
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 12:57:40 PM »
I loved the way the press reported this.

"After examining thousands of pieces of evidence and reviewing hundreds of hours of witness testimony, investigators have determined that the fire that caused the fertilizer explosion was intentionally set."

I'm guessing there was a can of gas and a box of matches in plain sight. Something along those lines.

One wonders about the rigor of law enforcement follow up on this one. The lack of caring for human life is nothing short of psychopathic.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2016, 01:12:43 PM by Eddie »
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