UPDATE (April 19, 3:00 pm) CNN is reporting that 12 bodies have been recovered in West, Texas, following a fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening. CNN quotes Senator John Cornyn as saying that 60 people are unaccounted for. Local officials say 200 people have been injured and 50 homes have been destroyed. The West Fertilizer Plant is located north of Waco and located near a school and nursing home.
Video: See the moment a burning West, Texas, fertilizer plant erupts in a massive explosion.
Related NFPA codes and standards
- NFPA 400, Hazardous Material Code
This document applies to the storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials in all occupancies and facilities, including ammonium nitrate solids and liquids. Access this document online for free.
- NFPA 472, Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
This document identifies the minimum levels of competence required by responders to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction. Access this document online for free.
- NFPA 1620, Pre-Incident Planning
This document provides criteria for evaluating the protection, construction, and operational features of specific occupancies to develop a pre-incident plan that should be used by responding personnel to manage fires and other emergencies in such occupancies using the available resources. Access this document online for free.
NFPA will continue to learn more about the developments and provide other relevant material as appropriate.
- Storage of ammonium nitrate was the subject of a case study at the 2010 Supression Detection Symposium hosted by NFPA's Fire Protection Research Foundation.
- In 1947, more than 400 people died when ammonium nitrate exploded on two ships docked at Texas City, Texas. The Quarterly, an NFPA publicaiton contained a story on the disaster in its July 1947 edition.