Having watched a brief clip of video on the BBC News website today:
The sheer size of this explosion (this isn't Hollywood) evident from the distance the footage was taken from and the scale of the scene we can see before it happens, is clear evidence that the likelihood of disaster in the event of a fire must have been known by anyone working within the fertilizer industry. How then, was an industrial site with such devastating hazardous potential allowed to exist in such incredible close proximity to residential areas (including a school)?
Coming from a country where Health and Safety is taken very seriously by the authorities (and while being viewed as a pain in the rear end is basically an accepted part of life of the public), I'm astonished that this could happen. I very much hope (but equally I suspect that I may be wrong) that wheels have not been greased to allow the status quo to continue, and for this company to remain profitable at the potential expense of innocent lives....hopefully whatever lessons that need to be learned will become evident in