NewsThe West Explosion: A Decade Later


Top 5 deadliest ammonium nitrate incidents in US history

Deadliest Ammonium Nitrate Incidents
Posted at 6:45 PM, Apr 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-16 19:54:21-04

The chemical at the center of the West fertilizer explosion has a long, sordid history in the U.S.

Though ammonium nitrate can be a potent and useful farming fertilizer, its explosive potential when exposed to high temperatures and pressures have taken hundreds of American lives.

We've created a map showing which disasters were the deadliest across the nation. Click start to begin a look back at its history.