Fertilizer Plant Explosion

At 8 pm on Wednesday April 17th, the West Texas Fertilizer Company – a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas – exploded leaving as many as 15 people dead and more than 150 injured. As a result of the explosion, fears surrounding the air quality of West have prompted authorities to evacuate the town’s remaining residents.

Reports show that the plant had up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia on hand. Anhydrous ammonia is a low-cost, highly effective nitrogen-based fertilizer commonly used in farming. However, the compound is also known to pose severe health risks. On contact with human skin or eyes, anhydrous ammonia causes severe burns. Inhaled as a gas, it can fatally damage the lungs. Symptoms of exposure can include breathing difficulty; irritation of the eyes, nose or throat; and burns or blisters. Exposure to high concentrations can lead to death.

Reports from the Feed and Fertilizer Control Service show that West Fertilizer Company had two chemical-related violations and one registration violation, from September 2011, to September 2012.

The Texas law firm of Hissey Kientz has extensive experience with cases of this nature. We have found that working with clients from the earliest stages, even while the investigation by authorities is still ongoing, is usually the best option for getting the answers we need and ensuring the best possible recovery. By performing a thorough investigation on our own, as well as working with official investigators, we are able to best represent our clients.

If you or a loved one suffered injury from the April 17th West Texas Company Fertilizer explosion, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.

You have options. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454 or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.


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