DEVELOPING STORY: Police: 5 to 15 people Killed in Texas Explosion 4/18/13
UPDATE 7:30 A.M.
WEST, Tx - Police in Texas say between five and 15 people were killed in a fertilizer plant explosion that also injured more than 160 others.
Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations remain under way in downtown West.
An explosion Wednesday night shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake in the community of 2,800 people located about 20 miles north of Waco.
Swanton says there is no indication the blast was anything other than an industrial accident.
UPDATE 2:15 A.M.
WEST, Texas (AP) - The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion injured more than 100 people says some firefighters who were battling a blaze when the blast happened aren't accounted for.
West Mayor Tommy Muska says there were five or six volunteer firefighters battling the blaze at the West Fertilizer plant when the explosion happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Muska, who is a volunteer firefighter himself, says not all of his fellow firefighters are accounted for. He says the blast knocked his helmet off and shattered the windows of his nearby home.
Authorities say an unknown number of people were killed in the blast, which leveled buildings for blocks in every direction.
UPDATE 1:20 A.M.
DALLAS (AP) - A large team of federal investigators are headed to Central Texas to investigate a fertilizer plant fire and explosion that devastated a small town.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board was deploying "a large investigation team" to West, Texas, to probe for the cause of the blast at the West Fertilizer plant, agency spokeswoman Hillary Cohen said.
In a statement issued early Thursday, Cohen said the board's Western regional office director, Don Holmstrom, would lead the team that's scheduled to arrive at the scene Thursday afternoon.
Investigators say at least 100 people were injured and an undetermined number of people were killed by the Wednesday blast.
WEST, Texas (AP) - The mayor of a Texas town where an explosion leveled a fertilizer plant says he doesn't yet know how many people were hurt or killed in the blast.
West Mayor Tommy Muska said at a news conference that there was a fire at the West Fertilizer plant before Wednesday night's explosion.
The blast could be heard at least 45 miles away and it caused major damage to surrounding buildings.
An official from a hospital in nearby Waco says at least 66 people were taken for treatment there, including 38 who were hurt seriously.