April Puckett logged onto Twitter just 10 minutes after a massive explosion rocked her hometown of West, Texas.
Puckett, a 19-year-old freshman at Texas State University in San Marcos, began seeing friends’ pictures of a looming mushroom cloud that had formed over the tiny central Texas town.
She immediately got in her car and made the two-hour drive north to meet her family.
Her mother and sister had been watching television in the living room of their home, less than half a mile from the plant, when the explosion hit. The force of the blast broke every window in the house, knocked knick-knacks off their shelves and flung the kitchen and bathroom doors open.
Puckett’s 10-year-old sister described it to her like a scene out of a movie. “She said she kind of felt like the house breathed in a big breath, and then it was slow motion all of a sudden. And then glass just showered down on them.”