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Fertiliser plant owner sued

The owner of a fertiliser plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex in a tiny Texas town is being sued by a single mom and by several insurance companies.

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Concerns over release of potentially fatal gas

Emergency workers near the scene of the fertiliser plant explosion are concerned about the release of a fertiliser chemical called Anhydrous Ammonia which is potentially fatal.

These are the known health risks:

  • Pungent gas with suffocating fumes
  • Can cause rapid dehydration and severe burns if combined with water in the body
  • Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, irritation of the eyes, nose or throat and burns or blisters.
  • Exposure to high concentrations can lead to death
  • When released, the gas stays close to ground
  • People should be treated by flushing skin and eyes with water for at least 15 minutes

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