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The explosion sent flames shooting into the night
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The explosion sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents, according to the Associated Press.(Credit: WFAA)

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PHOTOS: Deadly TX plant explosion

The explosion in downtown West, a small farming community about 20 miles north of Waco, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away. It sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.