This aerial photo shows the remains of a fertilizer plant destroyed by an explosion and an emergency responders vehicle, bottom left, in West, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. Rescuers searched the smoking remnants for survivors of Wednesday night's thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
WACO, Texas (AP) -- President Barack Obama is consoling families of victims of a fertilizer plant explosion and residents of the devastated Texas town where the blast happened last week.
Obama is attending a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco for victims of the explosion in nearby West, Texas. Obama traveled to the service by helicopter after attending the dedication of former President George W. Bush's new library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Obama flew over the town to see the destruction.
The April 17 explosion left 14 people dead and hundreds injured. The tragedy was eclipsed by the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt that ensued.
For Obama, such services have become a sad and familiar event. He attended a memorial in Boston last week.