(NEWSER) – At least five to 15 people died in a fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas, NBC News reports—and the toll could ultimately be in the dozens, notes the Dallas Morning News. The number of people injured has already passed 160 as patients grapple with "blast injuries, orthopedic injuries, (and) a lot of lacerations," says a hospital boss, per CNN. Meanwhile, fears of another explosion at the plant have prompted an evacuation among local residents. The blast followed a fire that "spread and hit some of these tanks that contain chemicals to treat the fertilizer," says a local congressman, per the New York Times.
Posted Thursday, April 18th 2013 @ 8am by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff