Authorities: Crime not ruled out in Texas blast

In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Bartee) MANDATORY CREDIT: ANDY BARTEE
In this Instagram photo provided by Andy Bartee, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Bartee) MANDATORY CREDIT: ANDY BARTEE

WEST, Texas (AP) – One month after a fire triggered a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, officials have had to declare the cause “undetermined.”

Investigators narrowed the number of possible causes to three: a problem with the plant’s electrical systems, a battery-powered golf cart, and a criminal act.

About 28 to 34 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded, with the power of up to 20,000 pounds of dynamite.

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