Thursday, April 18, 2013
Deadly Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Officials say it'll be some time before they know how many people have been killed in a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas. Firefighters were already at the plant battling a fire when the explosion happened Wednesday night. It was so strong it could be felt from 45 miles away, and sent flames shooting high into the night sky, raining burning embers, shrapnel and debris. Officials say more than 100 people have been injured.The explosion has also leveled buildings for blocks in every direction. Al Vanek, a city council member, says a four-block area around the explosion "is totally decimated." The latest on Sunrise.
While we're learning authorities may have identified a pair of suspects in connection to Monday's pair of bombings at the Boston Marathon, President Obama travels there today to pay tribute to the victims. Three people were killed and more than 170 were wounded. Americans will be looking to the president to offer reassurances about the nation's safety as investigators scramble to answer key questions about the attack.
Local Tribute Run
Some Evansville runners will pay tribute to the Boston victims as well with an early morning silent run. Nicole is live with the story.
A Mississippi man is under arrest, accused of sending letters to his senator and President Obama that tested positive for the poison, Ricin.
A national organization with an office in Owensboro is ready to kick off several events to mark the last couple weeks of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Alyssa is live from Owensboro with the details.
Byron says it will be mild today with highs in the lower to middle 80s. The best chance for severe weather will gather early this evening and end by midnight.
This evening a cold front will move in bringing widespread thunderstorms to the area. Most of the area remains is in a MODERATE RISK for severe weather during that time. Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are all possible.
So enjoy your Thursday, and we'll see you on Sunrise.