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Aerials show huge blast zone in West, Texas

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This Thursday, April 18, 2013 aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas.

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This aerial photo shows the remains of a burned and damaged school following a Wednesday night fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18.

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Police and rescue workers stand near a building which was left destroyed from a massive explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas April 18.

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Investigators stand amid the aftermath of a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas April 18.

Tony Gutierrez / AP

This aerial photo shows burned down and damaged homes on Thursday, April 18 following an explosion Wednesday a near by fertilizer plant in West, Texas,

Rescuers searched the smoking remnants for survivors of Wednesday night's thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt. Full story.

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A huge blast rocked a small Texas town causing an unknown number of deaths and destroying nearby homes.