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Fire that led to fatal Texas fertilizer explosion set on purpose

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Post by The Annoyed Man » Wed May 11, 2016 3:04 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/11/us/texas- ... ant-blast/
(CNN)The fire that led to a deadly explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant three years ago was intentionally set, authorities said Wednesday.

The blast devastated the Texas town of West in April 2013 and killed 15 people -- including 12 first responders.
Texas blast leaves nearly 100-foot crater

Investigators determined someone started the fire on purpose after conducting 400 interviews and lab work on evidence, said officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities would not comment on whether they know of a suspect.
But "we're headed in the right direction," ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder said.
Wow. :shock:
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Post by Jusme » Wed May 11, 2016 3:15 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/11/us/texas- ... ant-blast/
(CNN)The fire that led to a deadly explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant three years ago was intentionally set, authorities said Wednesday.

The blast devastated the Texas town of West in April 2013 and killed 15 people -- including 12 first responders.
Texas blast leaves nearly 100-foot crater

Investigators determined someone started the fire on purpose after conducting 400 interviews and lab work on evidence, said officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities would not comment on whether they know of a suspect.
But "we're headed in the right direction," ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder said.
Wow. :shock:

That's unbelievable! I can't imagine a worse finding, I hope that they find out who the culprit is, if he's not already on a plane out of the country. I remember when that happened, we felt it at home in Alvarado, 40 miles away, it rattled our windows, and sounded like thunder. I can't imagine what it was like closer to it.
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Post by Pariah3j » Wed May 11, 2016 3:17 pm

I was under the impression from earlier reports when this happened that it was an accident. I was surprised to find out it was arson instead. Hopefully they know or can figure out who was responsible.
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Post by ELB » Wed May 11, 2016 3:22 pm

Yikes.

Next question is "why?"

If I were the owner and owed a lot of money on that plant, I would be very nervous right now.
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Post by Right2Carry » Wed May 11, 2016 3:37 pm

3 years really? SMH
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Post by philip964 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:56 pm

Regardless of the cause. Locating a fertilizer storage facility in a populated area is insane.

One would think city fathers would have know or realized the danger.

Texas City Explosion 1947
Oklahoma City Bombing 1995
Sioux City Explosion 1994

Or these

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammoniu ... _disasters


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Post by crazy2medic » Wed May 11, 2016 4:03 pm

My understanding was the plant was there first and the populated area grew up around the plant.
Well who ever started the fire, they'll be facing capital murder charges!
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Post by ELB » Thu May 12, 2016 9:03 am

"All reasonable, accidental and natural fire scenarios were hypothesized, considered, tested and eliminated as being fire causes,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge from the Houston Field Division Robert Elder.
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Post by Dave2 » Thu May 12, 2016 9:52 am

crazy2medic wrote:My understanding was the plant was there first and the populated area grew up around the plant.
We had this conversation back when it happened. That is my recollection as well.
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Post by flintknapper » Tue May 24, 2016 9:40 pm

Fertilizer plants would make attractive targets for a terrorist (home grown or otherwise), I am surprised we haven't seen more instances of this type thing (arson).

Another type target: Petroleum Bulk Terminals (where tanker trucks fill up) and pipeline hubs are often woefully under guarded and would make easy targets. Terminals are all over the place and have bulk quantities of refined petroleum products (primarily gasoline).

An attack on that kind of facility would not necessarily result in much loss of life, but it would certainly have a major disruptive effect.
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Post by Javier730 » Tue May 24, 2016 9:50 pm

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Post by TexasJohnBoy » Tue May 24, 2016 10:17 pm

Umm, wow. I hadn't seen that. Raises it a level to see it that close and hear their reactions.
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Post by bigity » Wed May 25, 2016 7:21 am

I drove through West that day - about 45 minutes before the explosion. Scary stuff.
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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Wed May 25, 2016 7:28 am

Javier730 wrote:
I hope that little girl didn't suffer any permanent hearing loss. I HATE seeing kids hurt!

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Post by android » Wed May 25, 2016 9:14 am

flintknapper wrote:Fertilizer plants would make attractive targets for a terrorist (home grown or otherwise), I am surprised we haven't seen more instances of this type thing (arson).

Another type target: Petroleum Bulk Terminals (where tanker trucks fill up) and pipeline hubs are often woefully under guarded and would make easy targets. Terminals are all over the place and have bulk quantities of refined petroleum products (primarily gasoline).

An attack on that kind of facility would not necessarily result in much loss of life, but it would certainly have a major disruptive effect.

And I think they are gun free zones due to federal laws. So only the terrorists will be armed. Luckily there are signs telling them to stay out.

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