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Authorities were still calling the blast site a crime scene though they said they strongly suspected an accident.
Reuters reported that accoding to the authorities:
“There was no indication of foul play in the fire or the blast it triggered Wednesday night at West Fertilizer Co, a privately owned retail facility that was last inspected two years ago.”
The explosion badly damaged or destroyed nearly 175 homes and other buildings, including a fifty unit apartment complex, a nursing home and schools.
Dozens more homes were reported to have been damaged.