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Texas explosion

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An explosion tore through a fertilizer plant and leveled dozens of homes in a small Texas town, killing up to 15 people, injuring more than 160 and spewing toxic fumes that forced the evacuation of half the community.

from Route to Recovery:

Rural communities in Falls County, Texas, marred by decline

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MARLIN, Texas – Our journey to Kosse, Texas, to see the food bank in operation took us through Falls County, which is one of the poorest counties in America.

And it showed, with rural decay all too evident as we drove through the area.

We passed through the town of Marlin, just 30 miles from Waco, where the siege at the Branch Davidian ranch at Mount Carmel in 1993 ended in a fire that killed 76 people. Four agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and six Davidians were also killed in a firefight.

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