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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 away from the plant. The plant exploded after a fire detonated about 30 tons of ammonium nitrate held in wooden bins, the...

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