A year ago today, the families of 15 people—including 12 volunteer firefighters—in the town of West, Texas started their day not knowing that they had given their last goodbye to their loved ones. The small community of 2,800 was devastated when a fire broke out at a fertilizer plant, leading to an explosion that felt like a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. The blast killed 15, injured hundreds, destroyed 120 homes and damaged 200 dwellings.
Footage of the explosion from three different angles from WTSP.
Business owner Bryan Anderson was in his truck with his son Kaden when the explosion occurred near the middle school, he said, “It blew us across the road. The glass and debris and airbags.” He and Kaden were injured but survived. Even today his son is frightened by loud noises and attends therapy weekly. “It’ll never be the same,” said Anderson. “But every time I really do get down I think of all the people that have it way worse than me. I’ve got a bunch of phone numbers in my phone that I can’t call anymore, and I could be one of those. Kaden could be one of those.”