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WATCH: Chilling video of the Waco-area fertilizer explosion
A father is recording a raging fire at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant. And then it explodes

This video, posted by YouTube user zidyboby, captures the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, just north of Waco. Hundreds of people are believed to have been injured in the massive blast that happened Wednesday, and authorities are urging about half of the town's residents to leave due to possibly toxic fumes. (via The New York TimesBrian Stelter) Watch live coverage of the blast, from NBC 5, here.

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian, and plays in an Austin rock band.

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