West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was Arson

Questions linger over who set the fire, which resulted in an explosion killing 15 at the plant.

DALLAS (AP) — One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze?

On Wednesday, federal officials came to West with an answer — and in the process cast a much different light on a catastrophe many locals thought was behind them.

“This fire was a criminal act,” Robert Elder, the special agent in charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Houston office, announced during a news briefing in West.

h/t Exile

  • Exile1981

    “Law enforcement experts said a suspect’s intent could be important as
    prosecutors decide whether to pursue arson, murder or domestic
    terrorism charges. Intent also could play a role in sentencing, should
    the government proceed with a case and win.”

    OK what’s the over/under on it having been a muslim who came across the border illegally and once threy catch him they will downplay or hide the ties to islam.

    • Anything is possible;)

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      My father in law said there’s no way when I said that it is too coincidental that the Fort MacMurray blaze happened because of the low price of oil.

      • Exile1981

        And it happened on the 1st anniversary of the NDP winning the election.

    • Alain

      In this case it could also have been an eco-fascist terrorist. I suspect that Muslim terrorists would have targeted a bigger place causing even more damage and deaths.