Up until now, the horrific blast at the West Fertilizer Plant in Texas that killed 14 and injured 200 has been treated as an industrial accident.
Now, a criminal investigation is under way.
Police have arrested a volunteer EMT, Bruce Reed, who was at the site and spoke often to the media after the blast, for possession of explosives.
“Texas Fertilizer Plant Fell Through Cracks of Regulatory Oversight,” NYT
This of course refers to the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in Texas last week that killed 14, including 10 first responders, and injured more than 200.
The Dallas Morning News has uncovered the West Fertilizer Company’s report to the EPA and local officials.
The company checked “No” for the risk of fire or explosion. It claimed the worse case scenario was a release of ammonia gas lasting ten minutes that would cause no deaths or injuries.
As many as 40 may be dead, while more than 150 have been injured in the horrific explosion of the West Fertilizer Plant near Waco, Texas. The search for victims continues, and those numbers will rise.
It isn’t known if the explosion was an industrial accident or a crime, although the former is considered more likely at this point.