It has been almost eleven months since a deadly ammonium nitrate explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant changed life forever for the 2,800-plus residents of West, Texas.

The disaster created such an enormous blast that it caused a 93 foot-wide, 10 foot deep crater, flattened the plant and devastated 37 square blocks of homes, public buildings, a high school and a nursing home, killing 15 people and injuring nearly 200 others.

The blast also knocked out windows at other local schools and businesses, and caused catastrophic damage to the community's infrastructure. Also heavily damaged was a nursing home that required a rescue operation to remove its many elderly residents from the damaged building.

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After the dust settled, officials were devastated by the widespread destruction.

With the one-year anniversary of the tragedy approaching, many are asking what has been done to help the community recover from the death and destruction, and what, if anything, have lawmakers and state officials done to ensure there isn't another disastrous incident in another unsuspecting Texas town.

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While fire investigators still struggle to identify the cause of the blaze that ignited the ammonium nitrate stored at the plant, questions continue to surface about why the community was apparently ill prepared for such an emergency. Others are asking why the state and other safety authorities haven't put forward an effort to establish policies and legislation, if needed, to prevent another life-altering disaster.