Debris, Damage Slow Search for Victims of West Plant Explosion

"WEST — In this small, shattered town 80 miles south of Dallas, residents awaiting word on missing loved ones spent most of Thursday finding hope in not knowing for sure.

But Thursday evening, officials finally laid out what they knew so far: that eight to 10 bodies had been recovered in the devastated areas around Wednesday’s horrific explosion at West Fertilizer Co. and that they expected to find about a half-dozen more inside the facility.

Although the death toll remained uncertain, it’s a far smaller number than the 35 to 40 that West Mayor Tommy Muska had calculated earlier. 'It’s very good news,' Muska told The Dallas Morning News. 'I’m very relieved that it’s not that high.'"

Brandon Formby and Matthew Haag report for the Dallas Morning News April 17, 2013.


"Chemical in Texas Blast Has a Well-Known Deadly Potential" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Dallas Morning News, 04/19/2013