Residents displaced by fertilizer plant explosion may soon get access to their homes

WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators say residents barricaded from their homes since a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant may be let back in soon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says it's a "possibility" that some families will be allowed into their damaged neighborhoods today.

Many West residents are growing frustrated from not being allowed home since Wednesday night's explosion. Local officials said this morning that they were waiting on clearance from ATF to update residents. The ATF says other agencies also are working the site.

Meanwhile, a state search and rescue team is pulling out of the town. The chief of Texas Task Force 1 says the team completed a search of the plant site and a final sweep of a devastated nearby apartment complex. He declined to say what they saw, citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities say 14 people died in the blast and more than 200 were hurt.

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145-c-19-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"be very small"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports authorities are shifting to recovery operations for the town, now that they've accounted for most of the dozens who had been missing. (20 Apr 2013)

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146-c-14-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"safe to occupy"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports authorities are no longer looking for more victims or injured survivors of the blast. (20 Apr 2013)

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147-c-19-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"to their homes"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports residents are eager to get back to their homes, and authorities are trying to facilitate that as soon as they're sure the homes are safe. (20 Apr 2013)

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152-a-14-(Tom Perretta, Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, in AP interview)-"brother Knights deceased"-Tom Perretta, a Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut who's coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, says the K of C responded immediately when the disaster struck. (20 Apr 2013)

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154-a-16-(Tom Perretta, Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, in AP interview)-"volunteer their time"-Tom Perretta, a Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut who's coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, says the tight-knit community is grateful for the help it's getting. (20 Apr 2013)

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153-a-12-(Tom Perretta, Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, in AP interview)-"in the area"-Tom Perretta, a Knights of Columbus member from Connecticut who's coordinating volunteer relief efforts in West, Texas, says college students who are K of C members will be joining the efforts this weekend. ((refers to Saturday as 'today')) (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXCR109: Emergency workers patrol the scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXCR107: Law enforcement personnel patrol the scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO NY112: FILE - This Thursday, April 18, 2013 aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas. There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file) (18 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXMO134: Un bombero recorre el jueves 18 de abril de 2013 un complejo de apartamentos destruido por la explosión en una planta de fertilizantes en la localidad de West, en Texas. Al frente un coche destruido. Al menos 14 personas murieron y más de 200 resultaron heridas en la tragedia ocurrida el miércoles, dijeron el viernes las autoridades. (AP Foto/LM Otero) (18 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXMO126: Un bombero, sobre una vía férrea, observa el jueves 18 de abril de 2013 las ruinas de una planta de fertilizantes destruida por una explosión en la localidad de West, Texas. Al menos 14 personas murieron y más de 200 resultaron heridas en la tragedia ocurrida el miércoles, dijeron el viernes las autoridades. (AP Foto/LM Otero) (18 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO NY443: FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo, emergency personnel search the rubble of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Event after nail-biting event, America was rocked this week, in rare and frightening ways, with what felt like an unremitting series of tragedies. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) (18 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXFOR108: Volunteers unload donated goods into a pavillion at the WestFest grounds on Friday April 19, 2013 for any West, Texas residents who are in need after a fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT (19 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXFOR107: Isabella Harrison, 4, shows her mother a rocking horse she found among the donated goods at the WestFest grounds on Friday April 19, 2013 in West, Texas. The wide variety of items have been collected for any West, Texas residents who are in need after a fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT (19 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO TXFOR105: Volunteers organize donated goods into a pavillion at the WestFest grounds on Friday April 19, 2013 for any West, Texas residents who are in need after a fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT (19 Apr 2013)

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