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  Originally Published on: 4/18/2013

  At least two people are dead and dozens more are injured after a fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas.   Ed Payne has the story.   The explosion at the West Texas fertilizer plant sent fire and thick smoke shooting into the sky.   Officials say more than 100 people were injured.   Witnesses say the blast was so powerful they could feel it miles away.   "It was on fire. All of a sudden it just exploded. It blew everything within 60 feet back," says resident Chrystal Anthony.   The force of the blast leveled homes and building blocks away from the plant, which is located about 18 miles north of Waco.   "It's horrific. Some of the things I've been told. Some of the things I've seen are just unbearable. It's completely a nightmare," says Heather MacFarlane, a witness.   Officials were forced to evacuate the town of about 2,600 people because of concerns another tank at the fertilizer plant might explode.   The town's mayor, who is also a volunteer firefighter, says he's never seen an explosion like this.   "The ball of fire went up, it was like a nuclear bomb went off, big, old mushroom cloud," says West, Texas Mayor Tommy Muska.   The U.S. Geological Survey recorded 2.1 magnitude seismic event from the blast.   Officials say the destruction is immense.   "I was there. I walked through the blast area. I searched some houses tonight. Massive. Just like Iraq. Just like the Murray building in Oklahoma City," says D.L. Wilson, Texas DPS.   The FAA has set up a flight restriction over the town.   Schools in the area will be closed for the rest of the week and the district is urging everyone to stay away from school property.
   
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