A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West just before eight p.m. (local) left at least two people dead, sent dozens more seeking medical attention and prompted a wide-scale evacuation in the community of 2,600 people.
Fire officials fear that the number of casualties could rise much higher.
The blast took place at the West Fertilizer Plant, about 18 miles north of Waco. It sent a massive fireball into the sky.
A nearby resident, said she saw the flames engulf a nursing home and an apartment complex.
"It was like a bomb went off," said a resident who lives about a mile away from the plant. "There were emergency vehicles everywhere. It has been overwhelming."
The explosion of combustible materials, the same materials used in fertilizer are components of bombs, was so powerful, it registered a 2.2 on the Richter Scale.
Buildings in a radius of about five blocks around the plant, including at least 60 more homes, were heavily damaged by the blast, officials said.
It looked to some that a bomb had indeed gone off.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many are skittish right now, but I doubt any terrorist, home-grown or foreign would bother to drive out to the middle of nowhere and blow up a bunch of cow poo.