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Fear of Ammonia Poisoning Grows in West, Texas

Karis Rozof4 years ago

West, Texas was violently shaken by a fatal explosion at a fertilizer plant on Wednesday night. So far there have been 5 casualties, over 160 people hospitalized, and some firefighters are still missing.

 Unfortunately, the over 2,600 residents of West, TX are still in danger of the highly volatile gas anhydrous ammonia. There are growing concerns with the amount of toxic ammonia in the air and how far it will spread.

 Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3)

  •  It is one of the most dangerous chemicals widely used in U.S. agriculture today.
  • The gas contains one part nitrogen three parts hydrogen.
  • It is a colorless gas with a pungent odor and suffocating fumes.
  • Anhydrous, meaning without water, ammonia will react to the water in the body when inhaled and damage cells.

Consequences of Ammonia Poisoning

According to the New York Department of Health, “Ammonia is corrosive. The severity of health effects depends on the route of exposure, the dose and the duration of exposure.” 

 High Concentrated Exposure in the Air Can Cause
  • Burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract
  • Blindness
  • Lung damage
  • Death
Lower Concentrated Exposure in the Air Can Cause
  • Coughing
  • Nose and throat irritation

Thomas J. Henry has been representing victims of industrial accidents for more than 20 years. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts, settlement, and judgments for clients injured in workplace accidents and industrial disasters. If you or someone you love was injured in the West Fertilizer Co. explosion, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately, day or night, nights and weekends.


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