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Date: 04/18/13 12:05 AM

23 Responses to Fertilizer Plant Explodes Near Waco, Texas [Pic+]

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    LittleMissQT Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2013 at 12:00 am
    Link: Fertilizer Plant Explodes Near Waco, Texas - Breaking: the initial story and a bat-sh*t crazy video just below the clickable image. Any conspiracy theories?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 18, 2013 at 12:17 am
    #1 It`s NEAR Waco.. some 2o miles away.
    #2 it`s a Fertilizer Plant and those things sometimes... explode!

    So NO conspiracy! No Branch Davidians to blame for it!

    It`s still scary and the video SURE IS scary! But it could have been worse and it MOST LIKELY has an accidental cause...
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    Hopefulbliss Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2013 at 12:35 am
    To any knowledgeable Chem fans out there... Is there any way the Nitrate in the fertilizer could have reacted to form a Nitrate ester? I mean, could that even happen in "natural" conditions in the plant?
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2013 at 12:39 am
    Jeebus fecking H
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2013 at 1:01 am
    Darnit! She snatched my submission! It`s gone from the submission page!
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    thecurt Male 18-29
    411 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 1:58 am
    I hope that kid`s ears are okay.
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2013 at 3:53 am
    #1 It`s NEAR Waco.. some 2o miles away.
    #2 it`s a Fertilizer Plant and those things sometimes... explode!

    So NO conspiracy! No Branch Davidians to blame for it!

    1 20 miles is pretty close, Perth is near Kalgoori in Australia some 370 miles away in the great expanse that is Australia
    2 no cause of the explosion has been attributed yet.

    So while I agree with you`re attempt to swell any potential Branch Davidians conspiracy. You don`t actually know any more then anyone else at the moment. For all we know it could have been but we won`t know until the investigation is finished so keep calm and carry on and don`t make conclusions to try and rule out other conclusions.
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2013 at 4:15 am
    @Hopefulbliss, I`m no chem fan, not even a dabbler, but a brief look into the IPCS (WHO International Programme on Chemical Safety has a relevant excerpt:

    3.4 Hazardous characteristics

    Under normal conditions, both nitrites (except the ammonium salt) and nitrates are stable compounds. However, at higher temperatures they decompose, and may be explosive at extreme conditions (high temperature and pressure).
    Nitrites also decompose in weak acids. Generally, the presence of chlorides, some metals and organic material destabilize both nitrates and nitrites.

    It then goes on to describe various decompositions. None of which appear to be RONO2.
    I know that this doesn`t quite answer your question, perhaps someone else here will be more qualified to do so.

    My Source
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 6:19 am
    That`s crazy. I sometimes go through West on my way to Lampassas in Central Texas. It`s about 30 miles west of Killeen/Ft. Hood. It registered a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. The explosion could be heard all the way in Waxahachie around 45 miles away.
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    swiftkeys Male 18-29
    500 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 6:53 am
    Sheesh.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I don`t know how yet but I`m sure this is Obama`s fault.
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    liberkaos Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2013 at 7:33 am
    Yes, Gerry, it`s Obama, liberals and, of course, "the gays" fault. Somehow :P
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    DinVen Male 30-39
    390 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 7:44 am
    This is the direct result of the draconian gun control laws that Obama forced on the American citizens... it must be!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2013 at 8:50 am
    IT`S A COVER FOR DRONE STRIKES!!!!
    **Puts mindreader block device on kitteh**
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    Oystah Female 40-49
    4032 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 9:52 am
    The building across the street from mine is being evacuated right now - cops, dogs and firefighters everywhere. Everything is so explody.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
    885 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
    3446 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am
    Wow, that video was horrifying. I`ve had enough horrible explosions this week.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    Coordinates of the West, TX fertilizer plant: 31 49`0.44"N, 97 5`16.72"W
    Just plug those numbers into a map thingie...

    A Picture Of The Damage Apparently of the apartment complex nearby...
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    April 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    Wow, that video was horrifying. I`ve had enough horrible explosions this week.

    It`s like someone gave Michael Bay the powers of a god!!!!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    New Video!

    From further away this time. Yikes!

    I`m submitting it separately too.
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
    1983 posts
    April 19, 2013 at 5:32 am
    So how`s that "We don`t need no stinking gubment regulations telling us how to run our business" working out for you?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33085 posts
    April 19, 2013 at 7:50 am
    @SleepyHallow: Well THAT makes perfect sense! They have lots of "regulations" in place right now, and it still caught fire and exploded.

    I`m trying to avoid using this word, but it so richly applies here: idiot.

    It`s a tragic event that in all likelihood could not have "been avoided". Sometimes accidents just "happen".
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    jeffo_82 Male 30-39
    3 posts
    April 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    Shhh, be quiet ginger...
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