Up to 15 Feared Dead in Texas Factory Blast

people.com :    Rescue workers in downtown West, about 20 miles north of Waco, Texas, searched rubble that witnesses compared to a war zone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.

The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin, leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away – sending flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.