April 19 - As rescuers search for survivors in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion which killed at least 14 people, officials say areas of the devastation look like a war zone. Sarah Charlton reports.
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Witnesses in Texas capture the moment a fire at a fertilizer plant turns into a devastating chemical blast.
At least 14 people died and 160 were injured in the explosion which ripped nearby houses apart.
Among the dead are a number of emergency responders who were at the scene as the fire erupted.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the area is totally destroyed.
SOUNDBITE: (English) TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL GREG ABBOTT, SAYING:
"From the heart of where the explosion took place, to one side is a big field, and as a result on the big field side there is no damage. (OVERLAID WITH PICTURES FROM SCENE) On the other side of where the explosion occurred... is a playground area. I have no idea if there was anyone who was playing at that playground at the time the explosion took place. What I can tell you is that on that playground it was just utter devastation. Beyond the playground is that apartment complex. The apartment complex looks like it was a bombing site of an explosion, the kind that you see in Baghdad."
With five volunteer firefighters missing, officials say it's not yet known exactly how many people died.
Work is continuing to find out what caused the blast.
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