Photos From the West, Texas, Factory Explosion

From daguerreotypes to digital.
April 19 2013 1:47 PM

Photos From the West, Texas, Factory Explosion

A vehicle is seen near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas early April 18, 2013.
A deadly explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant late in West, Texas, on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people, leveling dozens of homes, and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said

Photo by Mike Stone/Reuters

Smoke rises as water is sprayed at the burning remains of a fertilizer plant after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas early April 18, 2013.
Smoke rises as water is sprayed at the burning remains of the fertilizer plant.

Photo by Mike Stone/Reuters

USA-EXPLOSION/TEXAS
The remains of the fertilizer plant burn after the explosion.

Photo by Mike Stone / Reuters

A railroad boxcar filled with ammonium nitrate lays on its side near to the remains of the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
A railroad boxcar filled with ammonium nitrate lies on its side near to the remains of the fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday afternoon. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, about 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

A deer head mount sits inside a damaged car parked next to the apartment complex that was severely damaged by yesterday's explosion at the fertilizer plant on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
A deer head mount sits inside a damaged car parked next to an apartment complex that was severely damaged by Wednesday's explosion at the fertilizer plant.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

A Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walks among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
A Valley Mills firefighter walks among the remains of the apartment complex.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

The remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Wheelchairs sit outside the remains of the apartment complex.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Smoke still rises from the rubble of a housenext to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Smoke still rises from the rubble of a house next to the fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Residents attend a candelight vigil and prayer honoring the victims of West Fertilizer Company explosion at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Residents attend a candelight vigil and prayer honoring the victims of West Fertilizer Co. explosion at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church.

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The people of West, Texas, during a candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 18, 2013, for victims, families, friends and first responders near the scene of the fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night.
The people of West, Texas, gather for a candlelight vigil Thursday for victims, families, friends and first responders near the scene of the fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night.

Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty Images

A woman mourns during a candle light church service at St Mary's for victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, Texas April 18, 2013.
A woman mourns during the service.

Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters

Residents attend a candelight vigil and prayer honoring the victims of West Fertilizer Company explosion at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.
Residents pray for the victims of West Fertilizer Co. explosion.

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A woman mourns during a candlelight church service at St Mary's for victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, near Waco, Texas April 18, 2013.
A woman mourns the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion.

Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters

.

TODAY IN SLATE

Doublex

Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Television

The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Behold
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.