Over at LG&M Erik Loomis has an interesting discussion of the explosion last night at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
I heard about it just as I was going to bed, and I knew it would be bad -- fertilizer, as we've all known since McVeigh, being equal to bomb.
When I heard that this plant was right next to a middle school and a nursing home and apartment houses and neighborhoods, my reaction (like yours, I imagine) was WTF?
And you might remember that I grew up in Louisiana, and that my high school was right next to a chemical plant. So I know from ridiculous city planning.
But a middle school next to a fertilizer plant?
In Loomis's post, there's a link to a father who captures the explosion on camera. His little girl is with him at the time, so it's fairly horrific -- they're not nearly far enough away, and they get slammed by the blast, and she's terrified -- so be warned if you watch it. She's fine, by the way, not hurt at all; her hearing came back a short time later.
Update: Here's another video from the scene. Also pretty appalling.
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