A large fertilizer plant explosion rocked a small Texas town Wednesday night, causing fatalities, injuring “hundreds” of people and leaving dozens of homes destroyed. Many people, including first responders, were unaccounted for.
A dispatcher with the West, Texas Fire Department said the explosion happened on Wednesday night at a fertiliser plant in the community north of Waco.
Gayle Scarbrough, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety in Waco, told television station KWTX that DPS troopers have been transporting the injured to hospitals in their patrol cars.
KWTX reported that the explosion at West Fertiliser was reported at around 7:50 pm in a frantic call from the scene.
Firefighters were battling a blaze at the time of the blast. Multiple officials confirmed that fatalities in the explosion, but wouldn’t give any early numbers. Some sources however put the number of deaths at 70.
“We know fire was there, we know law enforcement was there assisting with traffic, and I believe there were EMS …,” Sgt. William Patrick Swanton of the Waco, Texas, Police Department said. “There may be firefighters that are unaccounted for and potentially a law enforcement officer as well.”
Swanton said early Thursday that rescuers were searching “house to house, businesses to business, trying to get people out of the area,” adding: “They are still pulling people out of their homes.”
It is the “most devastating thing that’s happened to this community,” West Mayor Tommy Muska said at a news conference.
“We need your prayers,” Muska said. “There’s a lot of people that are hurt. And there’s a lot of people that I’m sure are not going to be here tomorrow…It’s a cross across our hearts.”
Muska, who is a firefighter in addition to being mayor, was on his way toward the inferno at the time of the blast but was still a few blocks away.
“It blew my hat off, and then I heard it. I felt it before I heard it,” Muska said. “It was a very powerful explosion.”
Swanton described a scene of devastation around the fertilizer plant: “I saw homes that were burning, homes that had significant devastation, windows blown out, bricks torn off, siding torn off. There were homes that were leveled.”
Baptist Medical Center in Waco said 66 patients have been treated at its trauma center. Those with lesser injuries had been discharged, while others had gone into surgery. The hospital said 38 patients are considered “seriously injured” and nine burn victims had been rushed to a Dallas burn center.
Providence Hospital in Waco said it had received 65 patients, many with abrasions and broken bones and some in respiratory distress, apparently because of chemical inhalation.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman D.L. Wilson said that a nursing home had collapsed from the explosion and that people were believed trapped inside. Wilson said 133 people were inside the nursing home.
A further concern was the smoke and the presence of anhydrous ammonia. Swanton said the winds were expected to shift to the north about 8 a.m. ET, “so you’re looking at a whole other area that might be affected as those winds shift.” The Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area, home to 6.7 million people, likes less than 70 miles north of the plant.
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.
President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.
However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.
The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.
Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.
Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.
- Entertainment14 hours ago
Faithia Williams Condoles Iyabo Ojo Over Mother’s Death
- National News18 hours ago
NLC, TUC Stage Walk Out From Meeting With FG
- National News16 hours ago
CCB Invitation: Magu Can’t Access Assets’ Documents, Says Lawyer
- Entertainment14 hours ago
“It’s Different And Classy” – Cardi B Praises Erica’s Fashion Style
- News Feed12 hours ago
Iyabo Ojo Finds Out Her Mum Lied About Her Age (Video)
- Metro News17 hours ago
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
- National News17 hours ago
Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque
- Entertainment9 hours ago
Cossy Orjiakor Replies Fans Who Criticized Her For Wearing A Racy Outfit While Preaching About God