Category: Politics / April 19, 2013 2:27 PM EDT
Residents of the town of West, Texas continued to mourn friends and family members killed in a massive explosion on Wednesday at a local fertilizer plant.
The explosion, which ripped through the West Fertilizer Company at about 20:00 on Wednesday, killed 14 people and injured more than 160 others.
The high density of toxic gas released following the blast became the greatest concern of local residents after all the injured were rescued. Fortunately, winds blew through the small town on Wednesday night, which helped disperse the toxic gas.
"I don't smell anything. I feel safe right now. I feel like they've got the situation under control right now. I'm just now concerned about people who have injuries and are in the hospital in critical condition and all that. Of course a lot of people lost their loved ones," said a West resident.
West is a close-knit community with a population of 2,800. For the town's residents, losing family and friends has been difficult to bear.
"Everybody knows everybody, yes. And we're all very saddened, because we all know somebody who has died. You know, there's no way you can not know somebody because we are so close," said another resident.
Broken glass is still scatters on the ground outside the blast radius.
Video Source: Reuters