West, Texas information timeline

How and when I found out information while reporting on the West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion that has claimed 14 lives.


  1. Incredible amount of coverage can be found here:
  2. Here's the timeline of events:
  3. 4:30 a.m. press conference with Sgt. Patrick Swanton, spokesperson for the Waco Police Department, who operated as the PIO Wednesday night into Thursday morning for West. 

  4. 8:30 a.m. press conference with Sgt. Swanton

    What I learned: 
    - There are signs of possible looting in blast area. Don't know what was taken or from where. 
    - The fire in the plant and fires in nearby homes are all smoldering at blast site. 

  5. 10 a.m. press conference in which Swanton introduces new info. officers that will relieve him. They are Texas DPS troopers. Sgt. Jason Reyes and Noe Fernandez. 

    What I learned: 
  6. Then took a break: