Fertilizer Plant Had 1,350 Times The Amount of Explosives It Should Have

Max Rivlin-Nadler · 04/20/13 02:47PM

The West, Texas fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, killing dozens, was only supposed to have had less than 400 lbs of explosive ammonium nitrate — instead, it had 270 tons of the substance. 400 lbs is the threshold where the plant would have had to inform the Department of Homeland Security about the amount of explosives it had. Unfortunately, DHS didn't even know the plant existed.