Texas fertilizer plant blast injures dozens

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  • rbgntx Kaufman, TX
    April 18, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    There is a volunteer fire department in a city of 2,000 people because towns in Texas of that size do not have the tax base to support salaries and benefits for a full time fire department. It has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal. It has to do with fiscal reality. The little town where we live had to lay off the entire(4 man) police department when repairs on the city water line overwhelmed the rest of the budget. The factory was probably there and what town there is grew up around it. There really isn't much in West other than the Sonic Drive-In and the Czech deli right off I-35. The deli has a great selection of kolaches.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    This will be the "go to" case study for every Emergency Response, HazMat, Incident Command, and HAZWOPR class for the next decade.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    April 18, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    I wonder why a plant with 20 tons of high explosives (the Oklahoma City bomb had one ton) is allowed to be within a block of houses and apartments. Texas touts its business friendly environment but can we be a little too business friendly? Is a little regulation of dangerous items and its attendant cost too high a price to pay to prevent this kind of thing?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 18, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    @one vote

    Because in a conservative Texas town, nobody is going to vote for a tax increase to pay for a "real" fire department, especially because the odds of the fertilizer factory exploding were so low in most people's minds.

  • RR_Xing San Diego, CA
    April 18, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    I'm a little mystified about the response to the fire. If the article is correct, the fire started at 6:30 and the explosion was at 8:00. I admit it is easier to point fingers in hindsight than to successfully plan and implement strategies for every disaster, but no one predicted that a fire at a fertilizer plant could cause an explosion? There was no evacuation plan to keep people safe in case of such a fire/explosion? Sad.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Tragic explosion. Why is there a volunteer fire department in a town with a factory that would probably explode if there was a fire?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 18, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    Happened in The State of Texas, city of West Texas.