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Our next -- and has a first -- perspective on just how much the people in the small town -- been through Texas attorney general Greg -- toward the devastation.
We -- joins us now live.
General thank you so much for your time can you tell us what you -- there.
-- I'd be happy to big event record quickly capture maybe this past week and that is.
Americans whether be in west Texas or Boston or other places in between.
Have faced a lot of tragedy.
But we see the resilience of what it means to be an American.
In the aftermath of Boston and also in the aftermath of west.
I -- west Texas the day after the blast.
And you could see the utter devastation.
Understand -- that they amount of the explosive here was about ten to twenty times the amount of what happen in Oklahoma City.
And the blast was completely devastating to homes in an apartment complex in a nursing home around there.
Anyone who was close to it any building that was close to it was completely devastated.
Along the images of what people see in Baghdad.
The important thing -- Shannon is the very day after this blast and continuing through today.
You see the hope and optimism in the -- in the hearts of the people who live there who try to piece their lives back together.
And also through the first responders who literally lost their lives trying to help their fellow men.
Yeah I mean theirs -- story after story of just these heroes of people who willingly rain and toward what was -- very dangerous situation and as a result they've lost a lot of folks within their ranks there within the fire department and police and and -- you know a number of folks who went to -- How did they began to recover at this point mean it we were encouraged in the last hour here can share -- county say.
Part apartments police departments from -- far and wide -- com to try to supplement their ranks and help them now but.
Seeing what you've seen how to people begin to rebuild.
Well if they start by working inside Alex this is a small town with a big heart.
And they are applying their principal in in working their way through this.
Some of the people is as you just noted aren't getting to go back to their homes today in in late yesterday.
-- and there are some homes however that people are not going to be able to get back into.
And there is a school or to the people are not going to be able to get back into.
So is is going to be a marathon not a sprint and helping some of the homes and some of the people who were closest to the blast site.
Work their way forward.
And understand this -- this this is a small town and community.
Maybe about 10%.
Of all the homes in the entire community.
Were impacted by this blast site so this has a a large repercussions for -- -- to our community as well as a lot of jobs lost because of this explosion.
But together the people in west Texas are pulling together and working with the great people a state of Texas.
And and they're gonna find a way forward is not going to be easy as the mayor said yesterday but they are going to be able to pull it together and and move on.
I ask you that something the US the state attorney general of course keep an eye on and and -- after tragedies we sometimes -- negative things whether it's.
You know scams that are aimed at allegedly benefiting these victims people acting fraudulently -- looting.
What are you keeping and I around there in Texas.
We're -- around two things along those lines Shannon first is whenever there is a disaster declaration.
My office is authorized to make it a declaration which we have.
Warning against price gouging we see this in the aftermath of hurricanes and some other tragedies.
We want to make sure that the victims of the west blast.
Are not going to be facing jacked up prices just because of an increased sudden demand so we're warning people not to Jack up prices.
The second thing that were warning against four people across the country who may be watching this and that is.
That they be America's wanna help out they want to donate.
We'll be sure that you're donating to an organization that it really is gonna get the resources you provide.
To the people who really -- there are some scam artists who come out who prey upon the hearts of those who want to help out.
And they literally are able to scam money and supplies from people who try to donate them.
The don't want up in the hands of the people who really needed to check out the people you're making donations to making sure they're really will get to the people of west Texas.
And we're glad to know you're keeping an eye on it as well Texas attorney general -- -- thank you sir for your time.
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