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Police: Unclear how many trapped after Texas blast

Fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. (AP/Michael Ainsworth/Dallas Morning News)
Fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. (AP/Michael Ainsworth/Dallas Morning News)
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Updated: 4/18/2013 10:54 am
WEST, Texas (AP) -- Police in Texas say it's not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.

Waco Police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton says early Thursday he doesn't know how many people have been rescued since the Wednesday night explosion in downtown West.

But he says officials on the ground remain in "search and rescue mode," going building to building in the largely decimated neighborhood surrounding the plant.

He says he knows some firefighters still are missing.

Swanton says a thunderstorm that rolled through the area early Thursday has helped in some ways, including tamping down chemicals released from the plant.
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imtellin - 4/18/2013 12:01 PM
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with the 15 dead,, they now have an extra 3000 pounds of fertilizer... how was this slipshod company allowed to remain in operation ??? they'll have disincorporated at 11:59 pm last night & reincorporated under a new name at 12:01 am today !!! the former officers of this company should go to prison & some Texas state inspectors as well !!!
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