West, Texas Explosion | Frame by Frame Replay and Photos

A bystander, Derrick Hurtt, was filming the fertilizer plant fire after it erupted in West, Texas yesterday, but he got more than he planned. The explosion. This footage has been all over the news so you may very well have seen it. But the news typically stops right after the explosion finishes. What is not seen or heard are his daughters crying out in complete terror that she cannot hear and that she desperately wanting to leave.  

West, Texas Explosion Caught on camera

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Also, someone downloaded that same footage, but ran it through a video editor and shows the explosion frame by frame. I didn’t think it would show much, and the first 15 seconds are just the fire. Then the explosion occurs and for a frame or two all you see is a frame full of bright yellow. But keep watching… the frames after that catch what our eyes cannot see.

West, Texas Explosion Frame by Frame

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Here is the footage of Derrick’s interview on the Today Show.

Texas fertilizer explosion interview with Derrick Hurtt (guy who filmed it with…

Photos of and after the fire and explosion:

West TX fertilizer explosion 1 destroyed apartment

Firefighters conduct a search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero) . Source

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(AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

(AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

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I have not heard whether or not there were children found in these bunk beds. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

I have not heard whether or not there were children found in these bunk beds. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

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Note the doll hanging out of the dresser which was blown from an apartment. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

Note the doll hanging out of the dresser which was blown from an apartment. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

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A blast crater sits in the remains of a fertilizer plant destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

A blast crater sits in the remains of a fertilizer plant destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Source

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In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. An explosion at a fertilizer plant 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/Andy Bartee) MANDATORY CREDIT: ANDY BARTEE. Source

In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. An explosion at a fertilizer plant 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/Andy Bartee) MANDATORY CREDIT: ANDY BARTEE. Source

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Photo from twitter.com user @mariahrain14. Source

Photo from twitter.com user @mariahrain14. Source

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West TX fertilizer explosion 8 map of blast range

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  1. Ohhh, the town is West. I’ve been hearing reporters saying “West Texas” and thinking either the town was West Texas, Texas, or they were referring to the West Texas region.

    Sadly, I’m all too familiar with what a fertilizer blast can do, having felt the Oklahoma City explosion from five miles away.

    • Pretty coincidental, isn’t it….

      Yeah, I was fortunate that the first news story I saw the reporter specifically pointed out that the town was called “West” and that they weren’t just referencing an area of Texas. Silly name if you ask me.

      • Well, we both know we could do ten posts each on silly place names. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt here and assume maybe their first mayor was named West. Or something like that.

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