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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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Texas Police: 'Thank God school was out'

The West Fertilizer plant is marked with a red symbol and the West Independent School District is marked with a green symbol nearby. Credit: Google Maps

Police in Texas have expressed their relief that pupils were not at school when a fertiliser plant exploded in the town of West, Texas.

As shown in the map above, the West Fertilizer Co neighbours the West Independent School District and the West Middle School.

The West Rest Haven just to the north of the school suffered severe destruction.

"Thank God school was out," said Waco Police spokesperson William Swanton of the blast, which happened at around 8pm local time.

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