Daily Archive: July 22, 2013



Explosives maker in Donora, Pa., has 400 times more ammonia than West, Texas, plant

Rob Sickles with his son Spencer, 3, on the street between his home and the Dyno Nobel plant in Donora.(Public Source Photo/Marth On April 17, when 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas, a shock wave travelling faster than the speed of sound crushed homes. Windows shattered seven miles away. The United States Geological Survey recorded a 2.1 magnitude tremor from the blast. Fifteen people died, 12 of them firefighters and emergency responders, and 200 were injured. The same chemical that blew up West — ammonium nitrate — is manufactured in Donora, Pa., 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.