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Gas explosion kills two and injures between 100 to 150 in Pensacola

 

 
 
 

MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | | Thursday, May 1, 2014

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PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in Florida, killing two inmates, injuring more than 100 people, and causing the building to partially collapse, according to a county spokeswoman.

At the blast site Thursday morning, pieces of glass and brick were strewn about on the ground. The front of the building appeared bowed out, with cracks throughout. Authorities blocked off roads leading to the jail.

The explosion happened Wednesday night at a booking facility at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, and as many as 150 inmate and corrections officers were injured, said Kathleen Castro, the county's public information manager.

About 600 inmates were in the building at the time, Castro said. Those with injuries — all minor — were taken to hospitals and the uninjured were taken to jails in neighboring counties, officials said.

The Pensacola area was drenched by rains and severely flooded Wednesday as part of a large storm system making its way across the U.S., and Castro said the building was affected. But she said officials did not yet know whether the flooding and explosion were directly related.

Search-and-rescue teams combed the building several times and think everyone is accounted for, Castro said. Investigators were on the scene.

Victims were taken to four local hospitals, and many had been released by Thursday morning, according to the hospitals.

The names of the two inmates killed in the explosion weren't immediately released.

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John Mone and John Raoux of The Associated Press contributed to this report in Pensacola. Associated Press writer Freida Frisaro in Miami also contributed.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

Law enforcement officers stand in front of the Escambia County Jail after an explosion caused the evacuation of the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and mote than 100 others were injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

Damage to the Escambia County Jail is seen after an explosion in the facility Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

Firefighters walk the perimeter of the Escambia County Jail after an explosion caused the evacuation of the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed in the explosion more than 100 others were injured according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

Debris from an explosion at the Escambia County Jail is scattered at the entrance to the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 100 others injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


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Explosion and Collapse at Florida Jail

Debris is scattered on the sidewalk in front of the Escambia County Jail after an explosion forced the evacuation of the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)



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