Ten days later, West blast victims return to devastation zone

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by JOBIN PANICKER

WFAA

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:32 AM

WEST, Texas — Residents of the hardest-hit explosion zone in West, Texas were permitted to return to what's left of their homes on Saturday morning.

Residents started lining up at 7 a.m., but were only being allowed get their belongings. They must leave Zone 3 by 7 p.m.

Mayor Tommy Muska told News 8 that residents of Zone 3 must register at the library before they can gain access. We're being told those residents were being escorted into the zone.

Muska also said the Czech Republic is donating $200,000 to help the town recover from the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 17 people. The town has a very strong Czech heritage.

The mayor estimated the housing property loss in his town at $24 million.

There will be a benefit concert for West at 5 p.m. Saturday at Melody Ranch Dance Hall in Waco. The music continues Sunday starting at noon. Tickets are $10.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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