Church in West held in field, pastor on flatbed

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Aerial photo of fertilizer plant that exploded in the city of West, Texas. (AP Photo)

Aerial photo of fertilizer plant that exploded in the city of West, Texas. (AP Photo)

WEST, Texas (AP) — A church in a rural Texas town is holding Sunday worship in a hayfield since its building is blocked off due to the massive fertilizer blast.

Families and firefighters in tiny West packed church services on the first Sunday since the West Fertilizer Co. exploded in a giant fireball this week.

First Baptist Church remains in a barricaded area where the damage and rubble are most pronounced. So Pastor John Crowder set up folding chairs in a field and delivered his sermon from the flatbed of an 18-wheeler.

Authorities say they still don’t know what caused Wednesday night’s blast. At least 14 people died and more than 200 were injured.

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