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Residents displaced by Explosion May Soon Get Access to Homes

APTOPIX Plant Explosion TexasWEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators say residents barricaded from their homes since a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant may be let back in soon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says it’s a “possibility” that some families will be allowed into their damaged neighborhoods today.

Many West residents are growing frustrated from not being allowed home since Wednesday night’s explosion. Local officials said this morning that they were waiting on clearance from ATF to update residents. The ATF says other agencies also are working the site.

Meanwhile, a state search and rescue team is pulling out of the town. The chief of Texas Task Force 1 says the team completed a search of the plant site and a final sweep of a devastated nearby apartment complex. He declined to say what they saw, citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities say 14 people died in the blast and more than 200 were hurt.

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