April 23, 2013 – At least four more sets of remains of first responders were identified in the carnage left behind by last week’s West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. According to the most recent estimates, the disaster left at least 14 people dead and more than 200 others with serious injuries. The blast was so powerful that it leveled four to five blocks around the plant, and registered as a 2.1 seismic event on the richter scale.
West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Update 5/7/13: Investigators have confirmed that a massive store of ammonium nitrate caused last month’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas. However, the ignition source of the blast continues to remain a mystery. Click here to learn more.
West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit Update 4/25/13: Barely a week after a massive explosion rocked the tiny farming community of West, Texas, the first lawsuits were filed against the owner of the company at the center of the tragedy. The new lawsuits, which many feel are just the first of many such claims, were filed on behalf of a single mother and several insurance companies. Click here to learn more.
Free West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Our law firm has already been contacted by residents of West, Texas, and are now currently representing a number of victims in the horrible tragedy. If you or somebody you know was harmed by this fertilizer plant explosion, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the companies responsible and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
As investigators and cleanup crews picked through the remnants of last week’s massive explosion, survivors from the small farming community north of Waco gathered to remember those who were lost. And, over the weekend, some residents were finally allowed to return home. Today, about 1,500 West students returned to school, set up in makeshift classrooms or in nearby districts.
Last week’s tragic events were set in motion on Wednesday evening at about 7:30 p.m., when emergency teams responded to a fire alarm at the West Fertilizer Company. While firefighters battled to extinguish the flames, police and paramedics scrambled to evacuate area residents around the plant.
Less than 30 minutes later, a second explosion ignited that was felt for nearly 50 miles in all directions. Between 50 and 80 homes, a middle school, apartment complex, and nursing home were either damaged or completely destroyed by the blast. Most of the injuries caused by the blast included:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones (orthopedic injuries)
- Eye irritation and injuries
- Hearing loss
In response to the tragedy, President Barack Obama issued the following statement:
“Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded. My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue. West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people.”
And though the cause of the blast is still under investigation, it has been determined that the West Fertilizer Company was storing 270 tons of highly volatile ammonium nitrate that was not reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to Reuters, the Texas Department of State Health Services was aware of the dangerous chemical, but failed to notify DHS.
Do I Have a West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Our law firm has already been contacted by residents of West, Texas, and are now currently representing a number of victims in the horrible tragedy. If you or somebody you know was harmed by this fertilizer plant explosion, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion suit and we can help.