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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion (2013)
Cause of Texas fertilizer plant blast unclear; inquiry continues
Cause of Texas fertilizer plant blast unclear; inquiry continues

The cause of the fire that triggered the deadly explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, last month remains undetermined after a $1-million investigation, officials said Thursday. Although the probe continues, the cause of the disaster may never be known. An estimated 28 to 34 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded in two stages, separated by a fraction of a second, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office. Debris flew up to 2 1/2 miles and the damage extended across a 37-block area. Although the investigation eliminated some potential causes of the disaster, ATF agent Robert Champion...

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