An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco has reportedly left dozens of people dead, hundreds injured and caused a nursing home to collapse, trapping residents inside.

The blast at the plant in West, Texas at 7.50pm (CST) on Wednesday left fires burning as a three-mile radius around the blast zone has been evacuated amid fears of a secondary explosion.
Firefighters, who are all volunteers in West, have rushed to the scene of the huge inferno. Six or seven fire crew are unaccounted for following the blast.

Victims with blast wounds and lacerations were being taken to local hospitals in Waco. Up to 200 people are injured, some 40 critically and two are currently undergoing surgery. Two children have been transported to a nearby pediatrics' unit and nine flown to a specialist burn unit in Dallas.

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