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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Most Likely Caused by Sabotage

© AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez, FileThis April 18, 2013, file aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and a fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas
This April 18, 2013, file aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and a fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas - Sputnik International
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A criminal act may have been the most possible reason for the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, leaving 15 persons dead.

Pasadena ambulance (File) - Sputnik International
At Least 1 Killed, 3 Injured in Blast at Texas Chemical Plant
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — An explosion that killed 15 persons at a fertilizer plant in the US state of Texas most likely resulted from a criminal act, US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent Robert Elder told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.

"We have eliminated all reasonable natural and accidental causes," Elder said in explaining the ATF conclusions.

The ATF is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible, said Elder, who declined to speculate on the reason someone would set fire to the plant.

Some 15 people died and 160 people were injured in the 2013 explosion that leveled much of a nearby farming community.

The dead included ten first responders who were fighting a fire at the West Fertilizer Co. when the blast occurred.

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