A Waco explosion tonight has done damage that appears to be extensive, and thus far little is known about the massive blast that rocked the Texas town and reportedly caused dozens of injuries.
Much of what we know so far seems to have come via Twitter, where users are sharing images of what looks like a small mushroom cloud due to the force of the blast, but as of now, the explosion just north of Waco in West, Texas is still a developing situation.
One image purported to be of the Waco blast was shared by BuzzFeed, indicating an explosion in close proximity to populated areas — and some reports say an elementary school is in flames after the incident:
Gripping Images Of The Explosion At A Fertilizer Factory Near Waco, Texas buzzfeed.com/mbvd/gripping-… twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/s… via @buzzfeednews
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 18, 2013
The AP reports:
MORE: Authorities: Those injured in plant explosion near Waco, Texas, being taken to hospitals by troopers: apne.ws/13jOm3l -JM — The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2013
Triage areas are being set up near the Waco blast site, but no injured people appear to have yet arrived:
PHOTO: Triage area set up near Waco TX football field to treat wounded; airlift them to hospital: @kirstencrow twitter.com/NewsBreaker/st… — NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) April 18, 2013
Other reports say a nearby nursing home was affected by the blast in Waco as well:
Waco Tribune reporting that nursing home was among buildings damaged in fertilizer plant explosion. bit.ly/10iJ23z
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 18, 2013
YourAnonNews corroborates the reports of multiple buildings affected:
No official numbers yet regarding injuries in #Waco, but a triage area has been established. There are reports of numerous building fires.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 18, 2013
Reportedly, some people are trapped after the Waco explosion:
People trapped after plant explosion: SEVERAL people, including children are feared trapped inside burning bui… bit.ly/13l3PE8
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) April 18, 2013
It is currently unclear what the cause of the Waco explosion may have been, or precisely how extensive the damage may be.
Praying for all of those impacted; chilling pictures.