West, Texas

Another unfortunate consequence of the Boston bombings is that the West, Texas explosion will not get the same level of media and public scrutiny it might have otherwise attracted. Indeed, I suspect there are more lessons to be learned, more loopholes to be plugged, and perhaps even more criminals to be prosecuted in Texas than Boston.

The as yet unwritten tick-tock stories from West-comma-Texas should matter to communities across the country. There are thousands of these anonymous facilities with anonymous chemical hazards just across the street from thousands of schools, nursing homes, and apartment complexes.

It is beyond tragic to lose first responders to chemical explosions. It is unfair. Worst case scenarios should never be as bad as West, Texas was.