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PLANT EXPLOSION-FIRE MARSHAL
Texas fire marshal launches 68-stop tour to advocate safety, training in wake of West blast
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:00 AM EST
When a fertilizer plant exploded in a small Texas town, killing 15 people and decimating homes and schools, it became Chris Connealy's responsibility to stop anything like it from happening again.
Distrust of government runs deep in Texas, and any change to how hazardous chemicals are stored in the state will likely have to come voluntarily, through an attempt at persuasion like Connealy's road trip.
Connealy says he's trying to emphasize best practices and work with local volunteer firefighters to improve safety.