2 more bodies in Texas explosion, death toll at 14

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WEST, Texas (AP) -- A law enforcement official says two more bodies have been recovered in the wake of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, bring the death toll from the blast to 14.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes did not say where the bodies were found but said more information would be provided later Friday.

He says the bodies will be sent to the Dallas County medical
examiner's office for identification.

Reyes earlier announced that 12 bodies had been recovered by Friday morning and that search and rescue efforts were ongoing.

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Aerial video shows the destruction in West, Texas, after a massive explosion Wednesday at a fertilizer plant.

A blast shook the ground with the force of a magnitude-2.1 earthquake, destroying surrounding neighborhoods.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said it was "with a heavy heart" that he confirmed 12 bodies had been pulled from the area of the plant explosion.

Officials said that at least 150 homes had been destroyed. They said they expected to finish searching homes for bodies Friday morning.

The video was shot by local TV station KDFW/KTVT and released to the Associated Press.

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