State of Texas: In-Depth – West Explosion’s Legislative Legacy

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 file photo, firefighters conduct a search and rescue of an apartment building destroyed the night before by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than three years after a fire led to an explosion inside a fertilizer plant in the community of West, Texas, families are finally getting some answers about what happened.

Federal investigators concluded the explosion which killed 15 was criminal. However, it’s not clear who or what actually committed that criminal act.

On Sunday’s edition of State of Texas: In-Depth, KXAN Investigator Robert Maxwell and Texas Tribune reporter Jim Malewitz joined host Josh Hinkle to talk about the legislative legacy of the explosion.

While there was a lot of discussion immediately after the explosion in 2013, lawmakers only passed a handful of changes in the 2015 session.

You can watch that full discussion in the episode linked above. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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