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Fake Picture of the West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Circulates Around the Internet

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This is NOT a picture of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

A striking photo of a mushroom cloud in the Texas sky is being credited as a picture of Wednesday’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas (near Waco). However, it’s fake. Or rather, not of that explosion.

According to BuzzFeed, the image is actually from an oil refinery explosion that occurred in 2008 in Big Spring, Texas.

The wrongly credited photo was shared quite a bit on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, following the explosion.

Recent reports estimate the Wednesday night plant explosion injured dozens and killed at least 15. Workers remain on the scene in West, Texas and are sifting through rubble and debris for survivors.

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