Explosion at fertilizer plant killed at least 14 people and injured 200.

Last updated: April 21. 2013 11:48PM - 625 Views

Pastor John Crowder delivers a sermon during a service for the First Baptist Church held in a field Sunday, April 21, 2013, four days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The church could not meet in their building because it was in a damage zone after a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night that killed 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Pastor John Crowder delivers a sermon during a service for the First Baptist Church held in a field Sunday, April 21, 2013, four days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The church could not meet in their building because it was in a damage zone after a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night that killed 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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WEST, Texas — On the first Sunday after a fertilizer plant explosion leveled part of a tiny Texas town, pastor John Crowder stood atop a long flatbed overlooking a hayfield and spoke to his congregation.


Crowder’s First Baptist Church in West remains blocked off as investigators work on the scene of Wednesday’s blast that killed at least 14 people and injured 200. So about 100 people sat in white folding chairs Sunday morning, while others carried their own.


“We have lost our friends and neighbors,” Crowder told the audience. We have lost the safety and comfort of our homes. But as scary as this is, we don’t have to be afraid.”


Authorities have not yet identified what caused the blast, which was so powerful it registered as a small earthquake. Assistant state fire marshal Kelly Kistner said the blast left “a large crater.”


The explosion destroyed about 50 homes and severely damaged a nursing home and other buildings nearby. Kistner said all fires have been extinguished at the explosion scene and the remaining fertilizer tanks at West Fertilizer Co. are not a danger.

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