What injuries result from a blast such as that in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion?
A fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas (north of Waco, TX) exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013 around 8:50 pm Eastern Standard Time. CNN estimates that there are up to 15 people dead and more than 100 injured. Officials say it is unclear how this explosion happened; although they are not ruling out terrorism, authorities are saying it was an accident.
Either way, it will take a while to reach a conclusion about the number of injuries and fatalities. With an explosion that leveled most of the small town, there can be significant injuries that acquire immediate help, there may also be injuries and health concerns in the days to come.
Fertilizer Plant Blast injuries
Texas medical professionals are looking at patients with a variety of injuries due to this explosion. Glenn Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, Texas told CNN that they are seeing patients with blast injuries, orthopedic injuries, and many people with lacerations.
Blast injuries can occur from the blast wave of the explosion which can include ruptured ear drums, intestines, and lungs. Other blast injuries can include lacerations, open fractures, broken bones, amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until full reports are in, we won’t know which of these severe injuries the Texas residents suffered.
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