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ATF report into West explosion nearly complete

A long-awaited report on the cause of the deadly West explosion three years ago is nearly complete, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The ATF has been probing whether the fertilizer plant explosion, which killed 15 people, was caused by arson, an accident, or if its origin simply can’t be determined.

“They are running down more leads and conducting more interviews,” said Nicole Strong, a senior special agent with the agency.

Strong said it could be several weeks or perhaps a few months before the report, which she described as “voluminous” is finalized.

The report is being prepared by the ATF’s Fire Research Lab, which is in Maryland.

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