Map of fertilizer facility explosion in West, Texas
A massive explosion at a fertilizer retail facility, in central Texas on Wednesday night left an estimated 200 people wounded and 12 people dead, officials said. The facility sells directly to farmers in a 50- to 100-mile radius. More than 50 homes, fire trucks and an emergency medical services vehicle were destroyed by the explosion. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said in a press briefing that 60 people are unaccounted for. Read related article.
Reports state that nearly every home in a half-mile radius from the retail facility suffered significant damage.
View the scene up close
Aerial photography by Google Earth. House photo by Rod Aydelotte/AP. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Emily Chow, Laris Karklis, Gene Thorp and Katie Park - The Washington Post. Published April 18, 2013. Updated April 19, 2013.