Texas town recovering year after deadly blast

By: News 12 Staff
By: News 12 Staff
WEST, Texas (AP) - Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

A cross at the site of the explosion Thursday. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)

WEST, Texas (AP) - Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools. Among those killed were 12 volunteer firefighters and other responders trying to help protect families and elderly residents living nearby.

There are signs of recovery, including dozens of new homes. But residents know they have a long way to go.

Thursday's ceremony will include a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the time of the 2013 explosion.

John Crowder, senior pastor at West's First Baptist Church, says organizers want to honor the past but make clear that "greater things are yet to come."

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