When you watch the video you can understand how powerful the blast was. Scared the little girl to death.
The blast shook houses 50 miles away and measured as a 2.1-magnitude seismic event, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Regulators generally allow it to be stored in such large quantities because ammonia only ignites on 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant in West was cited back in 2006 when residents complained to state officials that there was a strong smell of ammonia leaking from the plant. However, a safety reported delivered to the EPA by plant stated there was no risk of fire or explosion. read more
The Waco siege (sometimes called the “Waco massacre”) was a siege by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) of a compound of the religious group the Branch Davidians, in which 76 people died. The siege began on Sunday, February 28, 1993, and ended violently 50 days later on April 19. The siege began when the ATF, accompanied by several members of the media, attempted to execute a search warrant at Mount Carmel Center ranch, located in the community of Elk, Texas, nine miles (14 kilometers) east-northeast of Waco. On February 28, shortly after the attempt to serve the warrant, an intense gun battle erupted, lasting nearly two hours. In this armed exchange, four agents and six Branch Davidians were killed. Upon the ATF’s failure to execute the search warrant, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The siege ended 50 days later when a fire destroyed the compound after a second assault was launched. During the fire that engulfed Mount Carmel Center, seventy-six men, women and children, including the sect leader, David Koresh, lost their lives.