Breitbart News' Darby Give Coverage From West, TX

A small Texas town where as many as 15 people were killed in an explosion at a fertilizer plant late Wednesday is reeling as rescuers comb the rubble house by house and one official laments: "part of that community is gone." Police say between 5 to 15 people were killed and more than 160 were injured during the massive blast at West Fertilizer in downtown West — a community of roughly 2,600 residents about 20 miles north of Waco. The explosion occurred around 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, a town located 45 miles north. It sent flames spiraling high into the evening sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on frightened residents. "There are homes flattened. Part of that community is gone." - Waco Police Department Sgt. William Patrick Swanton "Homes have been destroyed," Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said. "There are homes flattened. Part of that community is gone." A member of the city council, Al Vanek, said a four-block area around the explosion was "totally decimated." Other witnesses compared the scene to that of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and authorities said the plant made materials similar to that used to fuel the bomb that tore apart that city's Murrah Federal Building.

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