NBC and other major outlets are reporting “hundreds” of injuries and an unconfirmed number of deaths after a fire and a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
A large fertilizer plant explosion rocked a small Texas town Wednesday night, injuring “hundreds” of people and leaving dozens of homes destroyed.
It is the “most devastating thing that’s happened to this community,” West Mayor Tommy Muska said at an news conference, late Wednesday.
“We need your prayers,” Muska said. “There’s a lot of people that are hurt. And there’s a lot of people that I’m sure are not going to be here tomorrow.”
Multiple officials confirmed that there were fatalities in the explosion but wouldn’t give any early numbers.
Muska said the fertilizer plant was already fully engulfed in flames between 6:30 and 7 p.m. local time (7:30 – 8 p.m. Eastern), when the explosion occurred.
A man and his son caught the explosion on a phone.