WEST, Texas — Ever so slowly, residents driven from their homes by a powerful explosion at a fertilizer plant here were being allowed to briefly enter their devastated neighborhoods Saturday to retrieve possessions and to get a look at the damage inflicted by the blast as powerful as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake.
Brandi Cvikel, 17, was among those allowed back into her neighborhood and was surprised by what she saw. In some parts of town, the walls of structures were sheared off by the blast. In Cvikel’s neighborhood, most homes had their windows blown out.
But at Cvikel’s house, the windows survived.
“It was a lot better than I expected,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “For the most part it looks normal until you go inside.”
Inside she discovered that frames had fallen off the walls, and the entire house appeared to be askew and tilted. Cabinets were pulling away from a wall and ceiling.