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Deadly Texas fertilizer explosion was preventable, authorities say

Deadly Texas fertilizer explosion was preventable, authorities say

The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical disaster in West, Texas, include:

  • The firefighters should have been trained to deal with the stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co. 
  • State regulators should not have allowed the fertilizer to be stored in wooden containers. 
  • Local authorities should have considered keeping schools and homes farther...
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