Just days after the tragedy in Boston, I wake up to this. This is horrible! A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas has claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured hundreds. The blast sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction.
You can watch a amateur video of the blast below. I warn you, it is quite disturbing. My prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.
Dozens of injuries have been reported following the explosion.
In early-morning press conferences, Waco Police Department Sergeant William Patrick Swanton said a group of firefighters – working to evacuate residents and put out the initial fire – remain unaccounted for, as well a law enforcement officer.
Swanton said the death toll is still being calculated, but that somewhere between five and 15 people have died so far.
“I think we will see the number of fatalities increase as we reach the morning,” he said.
“We’re going to hope for the best and prepare for whatever we come across.”
At this point, the explosion site is being considered a crime scene – which doesn’t necessarily mean a crime occurred, but officials are still trying to pinpoint a cause.