Stories Related to Rail Car With Ammonium Nitrate Didn't Cause Texas Blast: Fire Official

WEST, Texas (Reuters) - A rail car filled with extremely hazardous ammonium nitrate did not cause the fiery explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators said on Tuesday, in their first statement ruling out possible sources of the deadly blast six days ago.

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