On April 17, 2013, the difference between life and death was just 13 minutes. That’s the interval between the time first responders arrived at the West Fertilizer Co. and the explosion that left 12 of them dead.

Scores of residents were injured in the blast. Three died. Homes, schools, businesses and other buildings were damaged or destroyed. A year later the emotional and physical scars are still fresh, but hope has blossomed, as well.

The KWTX-TV documentary “After West, Forever Forward" tells the story not only of what happened on that devastating night, but also of how the town has recovered over the past year.

It is narrated by survivors of the explosion, family members who lost loved ones, first responders, volunteers, and elected officials who all share how their lives and their community were impacted by the explosion.

After West will air on April 17 at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed online.
Immediately after the documentary KWTX.com will offer a live stream of the community’s observance of the first anniversary of the explosion. The West 4/17 Forever Forward committee is sponsoring the hour-long observance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a performance by the Baylor Singing Seniors at 7:15 p.m.

A minute of silence at 7:51 p.m. will mark the exact time of the explosion.

The observance will include a State of the City Address by Mayor Tommy Muska, a special video about rebuilding and recovery in West, and messages of hope and encouragement from Dr. John Crowder of West First Baptist Church and Baylor University President Ken Starr.
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