The football field at West (Texas) High School was turned into an emergency triage center Wednesday night after a major explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant. Local residents and medical personnel attended to many of the injured. Later, after a strong odor was detected near the stadium, triage was moved to a softball field.

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As of Thursday morning, local news outlets were reporting the number of fatalities at anywhere between 5 and 60, with more than 160 people hurt - mainly cuts, broken bones and other injuries caused by flying debris. The New York Times reports that the blast leveled nearby residences and damaged a local middle school and nursing home, which prompted the temporary triage center.