(RT) A massive explosion has rocked a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. Rescue crews are on the scene as a number of injuries have been reported, according to local affiliate KWTX. Several buildings are thought to have been destroyed.
There were accounts of people trapped in a nearby nursing home, which had been damaged, and residents stranded in an adjacent apartment building. Initial reports indicated that at least five victims were in critical condition.
The explosion occurred around 7:50pm local time. A fireball of nearly 100 feet high has been reported along with a massive power outage.
A large swath of the town of West, Texas was “leveled” in the explosion, according to WFAA-TV Dallas reporter Jason Whitely.
A medical helicopter was preparing to airlift some of the critically injured from a triage tent to an area hospital, according to Whitely’s Twitter feed. Police officers were also witnessed transporting the injured in their squad cars.
At least 10 other buildings are on fire, including the town middle school, according to other media outlets. Every available ambulance had been dispatched while fire crews from neighboring areas have rushed to the scene.