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Deadly Texas explosion recalls memories of deadly Kinston blast

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After an explosion that killed at least a dozen people in a small Texas town, people in the East are remember another deadly explosion closer to home.

Ten years ago, a dust particle explosion at West Pharmaceutical Company killed 6 people and injured more than 30.

"It was something that no one was expecting," said Jim Edwards, 56, a Kinston resident who became blind when he woke up from a coma after the explosion, which burned 64 percent of his body. He spent six months at a burn unit in Chapel Hill.

Edwards says the explosion in Texas, which killed at least 12 people and injured more than 200, is eerily similar to what he went through.

"When I heard about it, my heart dropped, because I knew it was going to be a tragedy," he said.

With the help of an aide, and time, Edwards is slowly putting his life back together. He had to learn how to walk, move his arms, eat, and clothe himself again.

"Just have confidence in the good Lord," he said. "The good Lord kept you here for a reason, so he's going to use you for that. That's what he used me for and that's what I try to tell people."

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