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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Explosives expert: Blasts like this are not uncommon

Explosives expert Chris Hunter says there have been around 25 similar incidents in the past century, including one of the largest ever in the same state of Texas in 1947.

He told ITV News that toxic fumes have been given off in previous incidents, but that the blast itself is likely to cause the worst injuries:

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