Investigators work to diagram Texas fertilizer plant explosion; initial findings report pushed back

WEST, Texas - Almost a month after a Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing at least 14 and injuring hundreds, investigators are working to diagram the way the plant looked before and after the explosion.

Investigators will paint and mark off lines for the walls of buildings that used to be at West Fertilizer, where an April explosion left at least 14 people dead. A 93-foot crater is all that's left there now.

The explosion leveled a four-block area around the plant that a member of the city council, Al Vanek, said was "totally decimated." The toll included 50 to 75 houses, an apartment complex with about 50 units that one state police officer said was reduced to "a skeleton," a middle school and a nursing home.

After investigators diagram the site, they'll fly overhead to compare the lines to the crater.

They continue to reconstruct as much of the plant as they can in hopes of finding clues or evidence about a blast that registered as a small earthquake.

Officials have pushed back an initial date of May 10 for findings after determining they had more work left to do than originally thought.


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