[Marxism] West TX Fertilizer Explosion: Who planted a bomb next to a high school?

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 13:32:15 MDT 2013


*West TX  Fertilizer Explosion: Who planted a bomb next to a high
school?*
<http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/04/west-fertilizer-explosion-who-planted.html>

The worst industrial accident in US history killed 581 people when a
store of 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded in Texas.
That was 66 years ago, almost to the day, on 16, April 1947. A fire on
board a ship loaded with the fertilizer and docked in the Port of Texas
City set off what has since been known as the Texas City Disaster
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster>.

What happened in West, Texas yesterday, at West Fertilizer, owned by
Adair Grain, Inc., reminds us that industrial accidents kill a lot more
Americans than terrorism, even if they generally receive a lot less press.

While the death toll from the West Fertilizer explosion is said to be in
the range of 5 to 15, what happened in Texas City, 66 years ago shows
that it could have been much, much worst. Fortunately for all, this
explosion happened when the near by middle school and high school
<http://hs.westisd.net/> were not in session.

But given this history in Texas, some people are starting to ask how it
is that Texas and Federal officials allowed a large quantity of ammonium
nitrate, which is very explosive, to be manufactured and stored in the
middle of a small town and close to schools.

The high school is about 1300ft. from the nearest storage tank at West
Fertilizer, the middle school is about 500ft from that site. [Map]
<https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=210746863502774621859.0004daa4fd1345219910f&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=14&vpsrc=1>

View West TX Fertilizer explosion close to schools
<https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=210746863502774621859.0004daa4fd1345219910f&ie=UTF8&ll=31.81357,-97.088112&spn=0.003759,0.003455&t=h&layer=c&cbll=31.81613,-97.090125&panoid=WMeY-qxkAczbqAj5Hz1tJg&cbp=12,79.56,,2,0.39&source=embed>
in a larger map


This is the Google streetview of West Fertilizer as seen from West Rest
Haven Nursing Home about 600ft away. The large building is on the right
and the largest tank at West Fertilizer is on the left.

from my blog <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com> today.

In Solidarity,

Clay



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