West official: Some residents can come home

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A town official says the area impacted by a fertilizer plant blast is safe and some residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

A Dallas Regional Urban Search and Rescue Truck sits parked by a destroyed apartment complex with emergency responders working the scene after it was destroyed by an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight. The explosion that struck around 8 p.m. Wednesday, sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers and debris down on shocked and frightened residents. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

A town official says the area impacted by a fertilizer plant blast is safe and some residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

City Council member Steve Vanek says the first wave of residents will be allowed in beginning later Saturday. They will be subject to a curfew.

The West Fertilizer Co. exploded Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring dozens of others. Swaths of the town were leveled, and dozens of homes damaged.

Earlier Saturday officials had said there were gas tanks leaking in the area of the explosion causing small fires, but they were contained.


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