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West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire
Location: West, TX
Accident Occurred On: 04/17/2013
Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion

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Accident Description
A massive explosion at a fertilizer storage and distribution facility fatally injured twelve volunteer firefighters, two members of the public and caused hundreds of injuries.
Investigation Status
The CSB's investigation is currently ongoing.



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