UPDATE: 12 bodies have been recovered, more than 200 injured.
A massive explosion at a chemical fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas near Waco Wednesday night has leveled a community. The explosion was so powerful, that it registered as a minor earthquake.
Firefighters could be among the dead following a horrific explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:
The first round of fire crews that arrived to the West, Texas fertilizer plant fire went missing after...
They're believed to be dead.
(911 Call) "Firefighters down. Again, there has been an explosion and there's firefighters down."
It doesn't surprise the people who watched the fireball shoot up into the sky. They had to run for it.
(Witness) "The explosion, as it happen, threw me down into the bed of the truck. Next thing I know, shrapnel was falling down everywhere, burning all of us. And we just got out and ran."
Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement from the President on the Explosion in West, Texas
"Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded. My Administration, through FEMA and other agencies, is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue. West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people."
This is what the explosion sounded like:
Brandon Todd from FOX TV affiliate KDFW describes the scene:
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Watch the video below for dramatic cell phone video of the explosion *Note language*
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