Incident Summary:

04/17/2013: Assailants set fire to the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, United States. The subsequent explosion killed 15 people and injured at least an additional 151. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 11, 2016 investigators announced that the fire was set intentionally; however, no suspects were announced.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity West Fertilizer Company
Specific Description Fertilizer Plant
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the attack may have been criminal arson.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 151 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 15
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 151
Number of U.S. Injured 151
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Fire That Left 15 Dead at Texas Fertilizer Plant Is Ruled Intentional," The New York Times, May 11, 2016.
"Officials: Fire, explosion at Texas plant in 2013 was result of criminal act," UPI, May 11, 2016.