Topic: McLennan County
Following the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West Texas that killed 15 people, the state's fire marshal has embarked on a 68-stop tour to educate first responders and businesses on how to store dangerous chemicals and deal with similar fires.
A first responder to the huge explosion last month at a Texas fertilizer plant was arrested Friday for possessing a pipe bomb – but officials aren't linking his arrest to the deadly incident. The probe, however, is now a criminal matter, they said.
The Texas fertilizer plant, targeted for years by thieves who wanted anhydrous ammonia to produce drugs, reportedly had no fence, alarms, or guards. Yet state regulators raised few security concerns before the deadly blast.