ATF, state officials to announce West explosion investigation findings

Posted at 5:29 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 13:31:10-04

More than three years after the West Fertilizer Plant explosion, officials with the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office will host a news conference announcing the origin and cause.

The press conference can be live streamed here, News Channel 25's Bruce Gietzen and Ann Harder will also anchor a special report on the announcement..

Fifteen people were killed in the explosion  on April 17, 2013, 12 of whom were fire fighters and first responders.

President Obama, Sen. Cornyn and then-Texas Governor Perry all attended a memorial for those killed just days after the explosion.

"We're neighbors too. We're American too, we stand with you and we do not forget," the president said. "We give thanks for the courage and the compassion and incredible grace of the people of West."

Controversy has since surrounded the discussions of what exactly caused the fatal explosion and if it could have been prevented.

A number of lawsuits were filed, one in which a trial is expected to start May 16.

In January, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report on the explosion.

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