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Police: 5 To 15 People Killed In West Explosion

Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 04:16 PM CDT

Police in Texas say between five and 15 people were killed in a fertilizer plant explosion that also injured more than 160 others.

Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations remain under way in downtown West.

An explosion Wednesday night shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake in the community of 2,800 people located about 20 miles north of Waco.

He said there is no threat to safety from smoke in air. Emergency crews are still searching for three to five unaccounted for firemen -- but Investigators have not yet been able to get inside plant.

Swanton says there is no indication the blast was anything other than an industrial accident.

(AP contributed to this report.)Police: 5 To 15 People Killed In West Explosion

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