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Feds: Deadly West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was 'Criminal Act' (Terrorism?)

Feds: Deadly West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was 'Criminal Act' (Terrorism?)

Erik Ortiz | NBC News

A 2013 fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas, that killed 15 people and injured 160 others was caused by a "criminal act," federal officials said Wednesday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed the findings of its investigation of the deadly fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. on April 17, 2013 — the same week the nation was gripped by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Among the dead in West were 10 first responders and two volunteers who were killed while fighting an initial fire before the blast occurred.

The explosion flattened the rural Texas community of 2,800 people, just north of Waco, turning it into rubble as people tried desperately to flee the horrific scene.

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