Warning: This video may be disturbing and also contains mild language.
The explosion that rocked the small town of West was caught on camera by a resident who had stopped to film the fire at the fertilizer plant. The dramatic footage that was captured is startling.
A father stopped to film the fire at the plant on his cell phone. The explosion occurs at 30 seconds into the video. The blast was so strong that it knocks the phone out of the man’s hand.
“Are you OK?” the man can be heard asking as his child responds: “Dad I can’t hear, I can’t hear… please get out of here.”
The mayor of West likened the explosion to a nuclear bomb. The blast was so massive that it registered a 2.1 magnitude on area seismographs that normally monitor earthquakes.