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What made Texas blast so devastating?

19 April 2013 Last updated at 11:00 BST

Emergency services are still searching for survivors after a blast at a US fertiliser plant that police say killed up to 15 people.

More than 160 people were injured and dozens of buildings destroyed in the Texan town of West, near Waco after a blast at a fertiliser plant.

Emergency services officials said ammonia may have caused the explosion, but why was the blast so devastating?

Frank Mair, a chemist from the University of Manchester, spoke to BBC Breakfast.