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10:54 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Official: No Sign Of Criminal Activity In Blast

A state fire official says there's no sign of criminal activity in the explosion of a fertilizer plant in Central Texas that killed 14.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said Saturday that authorities will begin removing four tanks from the plant in West as a precaution to safeguard those working there. Kistner said the tanks contain ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia.

He said investigators still do not know where on the property the fire began.

A fire touched off a massive explosion Wednesday at the West Fertilizer Co., destroying homes, schools and a nursing home within a several-block area of the site.

Kistner said no other materials on the site pose any danger.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.