DALLAS — The Texas Fire Marshal’s Office launched a website to let Texans search for facilities near them that store large amounts of ammonium nitrate, the chemical that ignited in an April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.
The search tool posted this week lets users search by ZIP code to find storage facilities with more than 10,000 pounds, or 5 tons, of ammonium nitrate, a chemical commonly used as a fertilizer and industrial explosive. Investigators believe between 28 and 34 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded inside West Fertilizer Co., causing a blast that registered as a small earthquake and destroyed an apartment building, schools and homes.
The tool doesn’t offer details on each facility, which officials said was necessary for security. The tool is part of a larger effort made by Fire Marshal Chris Connealy and his staff to understand the potential dangers in Texas of stored ammonium nitrate.
To search, go to https://apps.tdi.state.tx.us/ammoniumnitrate/StartAction.do