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Only in Texas would you find a fertilizer factory in a reidential neighborhood. This proves that regulations and laws are good things!! The lack of regulations killed innocent people!
actually the plant was there first
Whether the plant was there first or not is not the issue. Texas has a culture of do-whatever-you-please that allowed residential construction in a dangerous industrial zone.
I have an idea for a criminal investigation. Find out who approved having a chemical plant full of ammonium nitrate in the middle of a town (or building a town around a chemical plant full of ammonium nitrate).
Growing up in farm country, everybody knew that stuff is explosive. Farmers used to use it to blow up boulders and stumps. Ask anybody in Oklahoma City how explosive it is. To have that stuff so close to where people live is a crime, or it should be.
A lot of times it's not necessary to pass laws to enforce good sense in dealing with hazardous substances. Often, a company's insurer will refuse to write them a policy if they are behaving so recklessly and incurring that kind of potential liability. I wonder if Texas, home of beef libel legislation among others, has laws exempting business interests from responsibility for their practices. One would think that even without meaningful regulation or basic common sense, somebody would have considered how much damage would have to be paid for if the obvious happened with all that explosive material in a town.
I know if I had a bunch of explosives in my house, and they went off and destroyed my house and my neighbors' houses, I'd be in a world of liability hurt, and probably well on my way to prison.
By the downvote, I see we have someone who wouldn't mind if my irresponsibility blew his house sky-high?
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