An apparent natural gas explosion did significant damage to a building on the Nyack College campus in Rockland County, New York this morning. Preliminary reports indicate that there are 7 people injured, including one that was thrown through a window by the force of the blast. It was also reported that some people were trapped, but the school has stated that all individuals that had been in the building have been accounted for.
A West fertilizer plant north of Waco, TX exploded at around 7:50pm Central Time on Wednesday killing and injuring many.
West, Texas firefighters were sent back to the plant after a fire they had handled earlier had re-ignited.
Between five and fifteen are feared dead, but the injuries are reported to be close to 200 and include at least 2 children.
Multiple triage locations have been setup including a nearby Waco, TX football field.
A nearby nursing home and apartment complex were damaged by the explosions and people are reportedly trapped in those structures. The local sheriff reported that an area five miles wide has been “flattened” by the blast.
Witnesses say they saw a fireball reaching over 100ft high.
Anhydrous amonia is strongly suspected as the agent that violently exploded. The chemical reacts violently with water – heating and causing an explosive vapor cloud in the open and will quickly dehydrate a human being while causing blisters.
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Fox News is reporting that a level one hazmat response was ordered at Chicago’s O’Hare airport this morning after reports of a small explosion in a baggage claim area of terminal one of the United Airlines terminal.
Chicago firefighters and police are on the scene, but presently, there have been no evacuations at this time.
It is being reported that one baggage handler suffered facial injuries from the blast and is receiving medical care.