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Many West residents return home amid earlier rumors of unsafe conditions

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Today in West, some residents were finally able to go home for the first time since the fertilizer plant exploded on Wednesday.

By Saturday afternoon, the parts of West that were open buzzed with media, out of towners wanting to lend a helping hand as well as plenty of West folks hoping to hear the latest on when they could go home.

But as reports began to swirl of gas leaks causing fires near the blast zone, people told us law enforcement started sending them away again.

"They just told us that there's a chance of another explosion. That we needed to move South of town," said Ron Price.

"He got a call on his radio. And his mood kind of changed from one of calm to kind of a hurried state because he then said 'We need you guys to be on standby because the situation back there is getting very serious,'" said Peyton Haley, a volunteer from Dallas.

When a press conference finally happened, mayor pro-tem Steve Vanek had a different view.

"First and foremost, I want to dispel any rumors of any health or safety hazards or threats at this time in the city of West. It is safe, it is safe, it is safe," said Vanek.

City Officials announced a plan to allow some of the West residents to go back home at the conference.

Veronica Lenart and her family got that privilege. Her parents weren't home when the fertilizer plant exploded, but she quickly drove home from Waco to get the family dogs.

"30 minutes after I got in the house, they evacuated us. And so as far as I know, our house is ok but we're not 100% sure. And some of my family that lives closer are not so lucky,' Lenart said.

Lenart is hoping for the best when she drives up.

"I'm excited and nervous and just kind of scared of what we're gonna see cause it's the unknown. It's what we've been waiting on all week," Lenart said.

Today's homecoming does have its limits. Residents were told that they should stay inside their homes from 7pm tonight to 7am tomorrow morning.

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