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    Explosion in Waco

    (CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the town of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.
    A hospital in nearby Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from the fertilizer plant area, an official at the medical facility said.
    What a bad week. First we have the Boston bombing and now this.

     
         

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    Re: Explosion is Waco

    Indeed...just heard about it.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion is Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellal Fernandes View Post
    Indeed...just heard about it.
    If you want to listen to the radio of the event I can PM it to you.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion is Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by OrochimaruFan View Post
    If you want to listen to the radio of the event I can PM it to you.
    Alright.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    **** this world
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Fertilizer plant?

    That means they were dealing with Potassium Nitrate - a common base for a wide range of explosives. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_nitrate

    It's more than likely that this was a processing error that led to a hazardous mixture that then ignited from electrostatic discharge.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Yeah it's going to end up being a chemical explosion
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Aim64C View Post
    Fertilizer plant?

    That means they were dealing with Potassium Nitrate - a common base for a wide range of explosives. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_nitrate

    It's more than likely that this was a processing error that led to a hazardous mixture that then ignited from electrostatic discharge.
    Its still bad news to hear regardless. I was checking on the audio feed from WPD and it sounded bad.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Good thing usa is a big country.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Here's a video of the explosion (0:30 mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=I9NSVJ6RG4I

    Damn.

    Hard to imagine nobody lost their life in that.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Typhon View Post
    Here's a video of the explosion (0:30 mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=I9NSVJ6RG4I

    Damn.

    Hard to imagine nobody lost their life in that.
    Quite the explosion..
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Sigh...what a world we live in now...
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Turns out the explosion claimed 2 lives and people had to evacuate.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Right now they're saying at least 3 dead, many people (primarily firefighters) unaccounted for and 100+ injured. Death total is expected to rise by a fairly large margin, early estimates are saying 50-70.
     
         
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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Typhon View Post
    Right now they're saying at least 3 dead, many people (primarily firefighters) unaccounted for and 100+ injured. Death total is expected to rise by a fairly large margin.
    Son of a b**ch! Poor people.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Typhon View Post
    Here's a video of the explosion (0:30 mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=I9NSVJ6RG4I

    Damn.

    Hard to imagine nobody lost their life in that.
    Whoa... at first, I thought I was seeing the aftermath of the explosion with the fire, or thought the "fire" was the explosion.

    Then the explosion happened. That was pretty impressive.

    Though the building was on fire long enough that anyone with the ability would have gotten the hell out of there long ago.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Aim64C View Post
    Whoa... at first, I thought I was seeing the aftermath of the explosion with the fire, or thought the "fire" was the explosion.

    Then the explosion happened. That was pretty impressive.

    Though the building was on fire long enough that anyone with the ability would have gotten the hell out of there long ago.
    You would hope, but unfortunately it seems there were people on the scene attempting to deal with the fire. Seems like nobody realized how dangerous of a situation it was.

    Also they're saying a lot of homes in the surrounding area were completely demolished, others severely damaged including an apartment complex and a nursing home. And now they're worrying about toxic fumes as well as a second fertilizer storage area that could explode.

    Seems to be going from bad to worse.
     
         

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    Re: Explosion in Waco

    Quote Originally Posted by Typhon View Post
    You would hope, but unfortunately it seems there were people on the scene attempting to deal with the fire. Seems like nobody realized how dangerous of a situation it was.
    Well... at a time like this - if there was urban development around it... and you're a firefighter... either you fight the fire and do what you can to prevent the thing from going kaboom... or you just simply let it go kaboom and kill a lot of people in surrounding areas.

    I assumed this was in a much more rural area and you could simply get to a minimum safe distance and roast some marshmallows. That's obviously not the case. Otherwise - I wouldn't be anywhere near a flaming fertilizer facility, as there's no reason to risk it.

    Also they're saying a lot of homes in the surrounding area were completely demolished, others severely damaged including an apartment complex and a nursing home.
    Jesus... that was a brilliant idea to build those so close to the plant (or vice-versa).

    And now they're worrying about toxic fumes as well as a second fertilizer storage area that could explode.

    Seems to be going from bad to worse.
    I'm kind of surprised the thing didn't blow itself out with the first explosion. That all just sounds like poor planning on top of bad design on top of negligence.

    I mean... potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, and all of the other fun stuff they work with are primary incredients in all kinds of explosives. Plants that manufacture and process fireworks all work based on cellular containment to prevent the whole thing from exploding. At worst - your main facility gets blown apart and you're left with your stores - or one of your stores goes and you're left with the rest of them and a little bit of damage to your main facility.

    I guess I kind of figured that common sense would prevail and some similar system would exist at a fertilizer plant... because... you know... kaboom.
     
         

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