Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Willie Nelson Gives More Than $120K for Explosion Relief

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:55 AM CDT
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Willie Gives $120,000 to West Relief

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Willie Nelson takes the stage during "Fire Relief, The Concert For Central Texas" at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 as part of a mega-concert to raise money for victims of recent Central Texas wildfires. (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)

Country star Willie Nelson has donated more than $120,000 for relief efforts following a deadly fertilizer plant explosion near his Central Texas hometown.

A representative for Nelson on Monday afternoon presented a check for nearly $81,000 to the West Volunteer Fire Department. Most of the money was raised during Nelson's Austin-area concert last month celebrating his 80th birthday.

About $40,000 was donated to Nelson's hometown of Abbott, which had a truck destroyed in the massive April 17 blast in West. The explosion killed 14 people and left about 200 hurt.

Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that damaged or destroyed dozens of structures.

West is about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.


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