What Caused the Texas Fertilizer Explosion? An Expert Weighs In
GAINESVILLE - One UF expert say the explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas could have been an accident...but it isn't likely.
Dr. Jerry Sartain says that ammonium nitrate - which is fertilizer - is not dangerous or explosive until it is manipulated.
So either by negligence or on purpose, Sartain speculates that something was added to the fertilizer to accelerate it - "knowing ammonium nitrate and its properties I would speculate that there was some manipulation of the material to get that large of an explosion."
Officials have not yet determined the cause of the blast that has injured more than 150 people and destroyed homes, including an entire apartment complex.
Officials are still uncertain of the death count, as people are still missing.
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