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Saturday 25 October 2014

Video: Waco blast terror - 'Dad, Dad, please get out of here', pleads boy as father films terrifying explosion at fertilizer plant in Texas

The terrifying moment when an explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, killing a number of people captured on film

State Department of Public Safety spokesman DL Wilson said it will be some time before authorities know the full extent of the loss of life and damage caused by the blast at the blast at the plant in West, about 20 miles north of Waco.

The explosion at West Fertilizer happened shortly before 8pm local time, could be heard 45 miles away and damaged buildings over a wide area.

The mayor of West said some firefighters who were battling a blaze when the blast happened have not yet been accounted for.

Tommy Muska said there were five or six volunteer firefighters battling the blaze at the West Fertilizer plant when the explosion went off, and not all of them have been accounted for.

Muska, a volunteer firefighter himself, said the blast knocked his helmet off and shattered the windows of his nearby home.

Country music legend Willie Nelson sent out his prayers after the blast hit near where he grew up.

Elderly persons from a nearby nursing home are triaged in a parking lot before being moved to a school stadium following a fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. The explosion near Waco Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
Elderly persons from a nearby nursing home are triaged in a parking lot before being moved to a school stadium following a fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. The explosion near Waco Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and causing major damage to surrounding buildings. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium  following an explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco caused numerous injuries and sent flames shooting high into the night sky on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
An elderly person is assisted at a staging area at a local school stadium following an explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. An explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco caused numerous injuries and sent flames shooting high into the night sky on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas.  A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

"West has been in my backyard all my life," he tweeted. "My heart is praying for the community that we call home."

When not on the road touring, Nelson has lived in Austin, Texas, since 1971, but he was born and grew up 120 miles north of the state capital, in Abbott, which is about five miles north of West.

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