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West Residents Return Home Amid Frustrations

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

WEST, TEXAS - Residents in West, Texas are being let back into their homes for the first time on Saturday but on a very strict basis and not everyone is happy about it.

Three days after the deadly plant explosion, West residents are anxious to return home.

Officials finally opened areas affected by the blast to residents but under several conditions.

Access to the impacted areas will only be allowed from 7:00 am to 7:00 p.m., a curfew is in effect and all residents are encouraged to leave or stay inside their homes by 7:00 p.m. due to health and safety reasons. Also, only residents 18 years of age and older who live in the damaged areas will be allowed to enter.

Pete Arias said he hopes the following weeks go smoother than the past three days.

"I think the most frustrating thing is we're really not getting straight answers," he said.

Pete and his wife Jackie live about a half a mile away from the explosion site.

"It imploded. All the windows went in," Jackie said. "Something happened to the foundation. I don't know if the house came up or what happened. Then the ceiling fell in."

Residents said they just want to get back to normal.

"We just wanna get back home and get to fixing the house and get back to life," Pete said.

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