In West’s Wake

The cover story of the April issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association, investigates the aftermath of the immense explosion that occurred at a fertilizer plant in West, TX, on April 17, 2013, that killed 15 people, including 10 firefighters and two civilian helpers. The article, In West’s Wake, examines the causes behind the explosion, its effects on the town left decimated by the blast, and features an exploration of chemical storage safety led by Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.