8 Workers Injured in Florida Plant Explosion
Eight workers were injured, at least four critically, after a series of explosions at a propane plant in Tavares, Florida
Federal authorities are investigating the explosion and probing safety issues.
Details on the Propane Plant Explosion
“We honestly think it was probably an equipment failure with a combination of maybe a human error…” – Richard Keith, Tavares Fire Chief as published by My Fox Orlando
- The explosions began at a Blue Rhino propane plant a little before 11 p.m. Monday after a 20-pound tank caught fire.
- After the initial tank caught fire, the majority of the 53,000 other similar tanks followed.
- The plant also houses 3 33,000 pound tanks, one of which is reported to have had a leak, which did not explode.
- The explosions could be heard up to 10 miles away.
- 8 workers suffered injuries including burns.
- 1 worker is listed in critical condition at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital.
- 3 workers are listed in critical conditions at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
About the Blue Rhino Propane Plant
- The plant is located in Tavares, Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando.
- The plant was opened in 2004, employing fewer than 50 people.
- 24 workers were in the plant at the time of the explosion.
- The plant is responsible for cleaning and refilling propane tanks while also checking the tanks valves.
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