Football Returns to Texas Town Hit by Plant Blast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST, Texas (AP) - The West Trojans have kicked off their first season of football since a local fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people and transformed the lives of everyone in the small Texas community.

Thursday night's season opener is being played on a field that served as a triage station following the April 17 blast that leveled or damaged buildings for blocks around, including the high school.

The game against the Little River-Academy Bumblebees marks a small but significant victory in West's efforts to return a sense of normalcy following months of struggle and uncertainty.

English teacher Chelsey Lauer said before the game that everyone was excited to "do normal things like go to football games.


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