18 April 2013 16:30 | By Keith Lin and Ng Jie Ying
PHOTOS: Deadly Texas Fertilizer plant explosion

A fertilizer plant in Waco, Texas, exploded and sent a mushroom cloud of smoke into the sky. More than 100 people were injured in the explosion and dozens of homes and buildings were leveled.



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The explosion which happened this morning around 9AM in the morning (Singapore time) caused surrounding buildings to catch fire, including a nursing home and the West Middle School. Debris from the blast was also blown across a large area, and the authorities have already evacuated the area.

A toll of up to 60-70 dead has been reported by various local media, a number that has been supported by emergency personnel in West. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety could not "confirm or deny" the figure at the time this story was published.

The huge blast also came just before the 20th anniversary on Friday of a deadly confrontation in Waco between federal authorities and heavily armed members of a religious group, the Branch Davidians.

The cause of the blast is still unknown. FULL STORY

Click on for photos of the explosion.

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