Church in West held in field, pastor on flatbed

Emergency workers patrol the smoldering scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Emergency workers patrol the smoldering scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WEST, Texas (AP) — A church in a rural Texas town is holding Sunday worship in a hayfield since its building is blocked off due to the massive fertilizer blast.

Families and firefighters in tiny West packed church services on the first Sunday since the West Fertilizer Co. exploded Wednesday night.

First Baptist Church remains in a barricaded area where the damage and rubble are most pronounced. So Pastor John Crowder set up folding chairs in a field and delivered his sermon from the flatbed of an 18-wheeler.

Assistant Texas fire marshal Kelly Kistner says all fires have been extinguished at the explosion scene and the remaining fertilizer tanks are not a danger. Authorities don’t know how the fire started yet.

At least 14 people died and 200 were injured.

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