Environmental risk clouds West recovery

West explosion

Credit: Greg Johnson / WFAA

Concrete barriers were moved into place on April 20, 2013 to keep people away from the immediate area around the West, Texas fertilizer explosion site.

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by JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

WEST, Texas — Re-entry to the blast zone in West is being delayed by concerns that chemicals at the West Fertilizer plant might still pose a threat, a source told WFAA.

This caused law enforcement to issue a warning on Saturday.

A source said federal authorities want to make certain there is no chance for another explosion.

It was unclear whether residents would be able to return to their properties on Saturday. Some city officials close to the blast site were told to move away from the area.

Workers are also placing heavy concrete barriers across streets leading into damaged neighborhoods.

Frustrated residents had hoped for temporary access on Saturday to retrieve belongings.

City officials are expected to update the situation soon, but they have already postponed two scheduled news briefings to discuss the status of the investigation.

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