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WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were likely injured in a fiery explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, that damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, including a nursing home, authorities said.

The blast was reported at about 8 p.m. CDT (0100 GMT on Thursday) in West, a town of some 2,700 people about 80 miles south of Dallas and 20 miles north of Waco.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, told Reuters the blast had resulted in "probably hundreds of casualties," saying he did not know if any of those were fatalities.

He added that a nearby nursing home collapsed from the explosion and that people were believed to be trapped inside.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman, Tim Gaynor and David Bailey; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Peter Cooney)

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Holy. Poo.

what dumb fug would have their kid so close to something like that?

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There was a feed mill in the small town I grew up in (I realize this is fertilizer). The feed/grain silos in the town were enormous and my friends I grew up with were volunteer firemen in the town and said that if it ever caught fire...to evacuate. Because it would probably take out half the town. Fortunately it never did.

The energy stored in fertilizer bombs is tremendous. See OKC. Ex-military guy I once worked talked about taking some amm-nit and putting it in a Maxwell house can and using them to blow stumps out of the ground. That's a bunch of joules.

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the one going for the dumb ass parent of the year award

And Cowboys fan most like,y.

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