Several homes are on fire, and residents of a nearby retirement home are trapped inside after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a small town near Waco. The cause of the explosion and extent of the damage is unclear, but the local Department of Public Safety says that a number of of people are severely injured. The explosion could be felt as far away as Dallas, which is nearly 100 miles away. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for a live feed from the local NBC affiliate.)
Witnesses nearby reported seeing a massive fireball rise from the site of the plant. It’s all pretty scary for those nearby. “I said, ‘This thing is going to blow’ … and I told my mom and dad to get in the car,” one witness told the Waco Tribune. “I was standing next to my car with my fiancee, waiting for my parents to come out and [the plant] exploded. It knocked us into the car… Every house within about four blocks is blown apart.”
Cell phone video (I really hope the little girl in this video is okay):
EDIT: WARNING This video is very shocking and scary, especially if you don’t want to hear a distressed child. Just FYI cuz it freaked me out.