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As "Piers Morgan Live" continued its coverage of the bombings in Boston and the respective emotional aftermath, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas set fire and erupted in a massive explosion on Wednesday evening and burned through Thursday morning.
Piers Morgan spoke to the mayor of West, Tommy Muska, by phone:
"I was two blocks away and responded to the fire when it exploded," said Muska. "The blast took out about a five block radius of the fertilizer plant."
"60, 70, 80," speculated the mayor on the number of homes consumed by the subsequent fire. "These are private resident homes, one school, one nursing home, one apartment."
During the broadcast, officials gave an update on the fire and explosion telling the public that there were "probably over 100 injuries at this time" and "we do have confirmed fatalities."
D.L. Wilson from the Department of Public Safety, said that the damage and decimation around the blast site was "massive, just like Iraq, just like the Murray Building in Oklahoma City."
Witness Dr. George Smith, an EMS doctor at West Rest Haven, a hospital and nursing home, was inside the hospital building evacuating residents when the explosion occurred.
"When I heard [about] the fire, I went to the nursing home and had the nursing home residents on that side closest to the fire evacuated to the other side of the building," recounted Smith.
"I was in there when the explosion went off so I got trapped in the glass and the ceiling just fell on me."
And during the evening and early morning, "Piers Morgan Live" broadcasted footage of the exact moment of the explosion.