Residents share with CNN what it was like when the explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Plant Wednesday night.
"It was like a bomb. It like, picked you up. It just took your breath away. And then it dropped you and it exploded everything around you. Gust of wind, it was like a suction and then it just blew it all out. You could feel everything. You could feel it on your skin, your hair was being blown. It was crazy."
"We were close enough, basically to just cover the kids, as it picked you up and dropped you. It blew the kids on the ground. We were able to cover one and then I grabbed my little one and dove through a door. It was chaos. All my windows blew out, my doors off the hinges. All I had were my keys in my hand and I just threw the dog, everybody in the car and we took off."
"Beat up, hurts, but I'm alive so I'm happy. I was actually picked up and thrown about 10 feet, because I was standing at the end of my bed, and then where I landed was by the bathroom about 10 feet closer into the house. Thank God that I went upstairs, because if I hadn't, the couch that I had been on, when I came down and looked at it, the couch wasn't there. It was right in front of a big bay window, and it was shredded from the glass from the bay window, so if I had been on that couch, I'd be dead. I thought lightning at first, because it was the bright flash and the thunder, and they said there were supposed to be thunder storms tonight, and when I realized the roof caved in, I thought you know it can't be lightning, because lightning wouldn't cause the roof to cave in. I thought, you know, what happened, you know, I'm breathing so I'm good, and that's when survival kicked in and said, just get out. As I was coming out, my neighbor was running to see if I was all right, and yelling that the train exploded, and when he saw me coming out, he asked me if I was all right, and at that point, I didn't think I was injured, so I told him yes. My dog ran off down the road, so I went to try and get it, and that's when my glasses, blood started running down my glasses where I couldn't see. I thought about my wife, but luckily she wasn't home. She was driving back from work at the church, 7 miles from home, when it blew up. Just start over. Houses are replaceable, lives aren't. I have my life, my wife has her life, my mom, my dad. We're a little beat up, but we're alive."
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Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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