UPDATE (April 19, 3:00 pm) CNN is reporting that 12 bodies have been recovered in West, Texas, following a fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening. CNN quotes Senator John Cornyn as saying that 60 people are unaccounted for. Local officials say 200 people have been injured and 50 homes have been destroyed. The West Fertilizer Plant is located north of Waco and located near a school and nursing home.
<span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong>Video: See the moment a burning West, Texas, fertilizer plant erupts in a massive explosion.
Related NFPA codes and standards
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- In 1947, more than 400 people died when ammonium nitrate exploded on two ships docked at Texas City, Texas. The Quarterly, an NFPA publicaiton contained[ a story on the disaster in its July 1947 edition | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/pdf/texascity.pdf].