Explosions rocked a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Wednesday evening as firefighters were battling a fire, causing multiple injuries, firefighters, EMS and police officers missing, authorities said.
The disturbing footage shows the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, 20 miles outside Waco, Texas, engulfed in flames. An unidentified man whose face is obscured by a camera, sits in his car (along with another person who self-identifies as his child), while filming the scene. Halfway through the 30-second video, the plant explodes, appearing to impact the vehicle and hearing in their ears. [UPDATE: According to The Today Show, the father and daughter have since regained hearing.]
Ammonium nitrate is believed to have been the explosive material responsible for the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas on 17 April, 2013
Is Anhydrous Ammonia flammable or explosive?
Anhydrous ammonia is classified by the Department of Transportation as nonflammable. However, ammonia vapor in high concentrations (16 to 25 percent by weight in air) will burn. It is unlikely that such concentrations will occur except in confined spaces or in the proximity of oils