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Old 04-17-2013, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Terrible news this morning telling of these explosions in a chemical factory in Waco, many injured with some still missing.. the aftermath is still to be seen with the chemicals in the air, many it seemed have been evacuated...as the wind change could devastate this town with the toxic smoke blowing...Wish them all well..
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:25 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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The good and bad news is there is a strong storm front blowing through with 20 mph winds and rain. That should help disperse.

We'll send it down to Mexico for all the smog they send north.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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IIRC - the fire was at the West Fertilizer Co. in WEST, TEXAS not Waco. I have not heard how bad it is.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: DC
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Not the sharpest people down in West. The middle school and a nursing home next to a fertilizer factory.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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well in poorer communities houses and schools were built beside where the work was... in the Eastend of Glasgow where I lived there were factories of all sorts on every corner..
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:11 AM
 
Location: DC
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well in poorer communities houses and schools were built beside where the work was... in the Eastend of Glasgow where I lived there were factories of all sorts on every corner..
Poor judgement by the government officials of West.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I checked Google and it looks like the town expanded around the factory. Without any zoning law or any willingness to relocate the factory what could they do? Remember very few people recognize the incredible danger 5,000 tons of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer can be.

I expect the emissions from an explosion of this material would include a lot of Nitros Oxides as well as Ammonia and everything else created when an industrial building and process line burns. None if it is healthy.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: DC
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I checked Google and it looks like the town expanded around the factory. Without any zoning law or any willingness to relocate the factory what could they do? Remember very few people recognize the incredible danger 5,000 tons of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer can be.

I expect the emissions from an explosion of this material would include a lot of Nitros Oxides as well as Ammonia and everything else created when an industrial building and process line burns. None if it is healthy.
Since they are going to be liable for the damages and deaths, maybe the company should have located more remotely and bought up a reasonable buffer area. The city officials certainly should have precluded building within a mile of the plant.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Try google West, TX. The factory is at the North East part of town. I suspect it is at least 50 years old. The building around it are much more recent. FWIW - development in these town is directed by the location and expansion of the water and sewer lines with the resulting cluster development in a zillion acres of grass.

Most people, including most town officials, have no idea that an old Fertilizer faxtory can be so very dangerous. After all they are only making fertlizer. Right?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Try google West, TX. The factory is at the North East part of town. I suspect it is at least 50 years old. The building around it are much more recent. FWIW - development in these town is directed by the location and expansion of the water and sewer lines with the resulting cluster development in a zillion acres of grass.

Most people, including most town officials, have no idea that an old Fertilizer faxtory can be so very dangerous. After all they are only making fertlizer. Right?
That's the silliest statement I've seen in years.
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