Before the April 17th explosion, West, Texas, was best known as a close-knit community of proud farmers and small business owners. Since then, the town’s identity has become largely defined by tragedy after a fertilizer plant caught fire and exploded, killing 15, injuring more than 300 and causing $100 million in property damage. Somber reminders of the disaster remain among some signs of progress. And while putting on a brave front, the people remain deeply in sorrow for those who lost their lives or were badly injured in the blast.
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