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Ol' sleepy Kansas is in the news again. From ice and snow storms to tornadoes to flooding, and now a solvent chemical plant explosion.

This morning a solvent chemical plant had an explosion---thankfully without worker injury.

At one point all 36 tanks in the tank farm were engulfed in flames.

All of Valley Center was evacuated. Valley Center is just a few miles from Wichita.

This evening fire crews are making one last attempt to extinguish the remaining fires. If unsuccessful it will be allowed to burn itself out, perhaps burning for two or three days. Meanwhile residents await. For awhile residents were escorted in one at a time for 5 minutes to retrieve needed items, get pets, etc. Another explosion put those trips on hold.

Minor damage to the main plant building otherwise all of the damage is to the tank farm. Somehow this will probably drive the price of gasoline up though totally unrelated. lol.

As to Greensburg, Kansas that was pretty well leveled by tornado--it was announced today that a cable television company will help with the rebuilding.

From Capt. Spaulding's World

"LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Discovery Communications has partnered with actor Leonardo DiCaprio on an environment-focused series that will help launch the company's Planet Green channel.

The 13-part series, "Eco-Town," will chronicle the rebuilding of the small town of Greensburg, Kan., which was devastated by a tornado May 4. The town, which has more than 1,500 residents, will be rebuilt as a "sustainable model of eco-living and one that will save it from future environmental catastrophe."
 

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I use to live in Valley Center. My son lives 1 blk from the explosion. He was at work, but my daughter in law and grandchildren were home. My 18 mo old grandaughter was scared to death and wouldn't let go of her mom for quite awhile. They went to her parents home. My ex is a Sedg Co fireman and was just feet away from the explosion late yesterday. Small town excitement!
 
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