Nelson gives more than $120K for explosion relief

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 11:03 AM

WEST, Texas (AP) — Country star Willie Nelson has donated more than $120,000 for relief efforts following a deadly fertilizer plant explosion near his Central Texas hometown.

A representative for Nelson on Monday afternoon presented a check for nearly $81,000 to the West Volunteer Fire Department. Most of the money was raised during Nelson's Austin-area concert last month celebrating his 80th birthday.

About $40,000 was donated to Nelson's hometown of Abbott, which had a truck destroyed in the massive April 17 blast in West. The explosion killed 14 people and left about 200 hurt.

Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that damaged or destroyed dozens of structures.

West is about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.

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