Dozens of victims of the West Fertilizer Co. explosion in West, Texas have fallen in line with the city and filed suit against CF Industries, a producer of ammonium nitrate.
Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, used to feed crops, were stored at West Fertilizer. The volatile chemical compound exploded April 17 following a fire at the retailer. The force of the blast destroyed more than 100 homes, an apartment complex, two schools and a retirement center. The cause of the fire was never determined.