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Videos of Texas fertilizer plant explosion

Charred vehicles seen after the plant explosion in West, Texas. (Mike Stone/Reuters)

The deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, on Wednesday was caught on dramatic videos taken by several onlookers who had stopped to watch a large fire that began before the blast. The explosion killed at least five people, injured 160 others, and leveled scores of homes and buildings—including a nursing home—in the small town about 8 miles north of Waco. The blast was so powerful, officials say, it registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake and could be felt as far as 45 miles away.

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