Deadly Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant Not An Accident, Police Say

Authorities are now calling the 2013 blast that killed 15 people a "criminal act."
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finding about the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed people. It was not an accident calling it a criminal act and ABC's Phillip Mena is in west Texas with the latest. Good morning, Phillip. Reporter: Yeah, this is the blast site. The explosion left a crater about the size of an olympic swimming pool. explode or cause fire as enthat's what this family thinks happened and speaking out to alert others. This morning, these children's shelves after a Texas family says their son's pair may have led to a big fire. It's scary. That's what it is. Reporter: Days ago attila and Joe discovered a blaze in the backseat of their car, flames burning a hole flew the floor melting the passenger seat and filling the vehicle with smoke and soot. They believe the culprit was the lithium ion battery powering the blinking lights on their son's sneakers which he left in the char. Its batteries and wires left exposed. There was nothing else in there to start a fire. I'm glad my son wasn't wearing it at the time. Reporter: Lithium ion batteries are extremely common used in millions of electronics every day from cell phones to tablets but can also be dangerous. In rare cases, bursting into flames. It's on fire. Reporter: Like with these hoverboards and have recently been banned as cargo on passenger planes. The investigation into the car fire is still ongoing but authorities say the sneakers remain a possible cause. Payless where the shoes were purchased telling ABC news they have removed the shoes from store shelves out of an abundance of caution. Now, the consumer products safety commission says this is the first case they're aware of. Other retailers selling them are pulling them for now and that is just the size of a penny, so tiny. But the damage it's apparently doing. To Amy with the morning's

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