With all of the media craze surrounding the events at the Boston Marathon on Monday, it is easy to overlook other headlines. Tonight in Waco, Texas, an explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured possibly up to 100 people. Several other people in the area had to be evacuated in case there was another explosion. A triage station was set up at a nearby football field and as of 11 p.m. more than 60 patients had been received with injuries ranging from minor to very serious. Helicopters, ambulances, and cars were brought to the scene in order to transport patients to the hospital. Governor Rick Perry was notified of the explosion and was working hard to get resources to the area. The explosion was described by locals as “massive”, “intense”, and “it was like a bomb went off.” More details are sure to emerge in the coming days.
So while everyone is focused on the Boston Marathon attack, and rightfully so, the explosion in Texas tonight was much more severe and it is important that these people receive at least as much support as do the victims of the Boston Marathon. Just because one was an attack and another was an accident does not change the fact that dozens of people were injured.
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