Texas explosion can happen here

April 25, 2013 

Plant Explosion-Damage

An apartment complex, destroyed near the West Fertilizer plant, photographed on Sunday, April 21, 2013, four days after an explosion in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/ The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

MICHAEL AINSWORTH — AP

In reference to the possibility of an explosion such as in West, Texas, happening here, the Modesto Regional Fire Authority interim chief stated: "I think our past history of not having these kinds of events are a pretty good indicator of the safety record of industry in our county. We just haven't seen a lot of things like this."

This kind of thinking is not only ignorant but also scary coming from a fire chief. I hope no one in London of similar status is thinking like "We've never had any trouble with our previous marathons as happened in Boston, so I believe we're safe."

Later in the same article is a description of an ethanol plant situated right along Highway 99 that uses highly flammable chemicals. I guess we're safe because it's never had a problem. Shoot, maybe I can stop wearing my seat belt since I've never been in a car accident and I drive safely.

BRUCE THOMAS GLASSCOCK

Modesto

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