Florida Jail Explosion Kills 2, Many Injured
On Wednesday evening, two people were killed and many more were injured after an alleged gas explosion at a Florida jail, according to USA Today. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the explosion, but initial reports believe it to have been a gas explosion.
Details of the Alleged Prison Gas Explosion
A portion of the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Center in Pensacola, Florida was the site of a deadly explosion Wednesday evening. Initial reports say the blast occurred at approximately 11 p.m. and could be felt by homes as far away as three miles.
Officials were forced to evacuate about 600 inmates. Male prisoners were transported to facilities across the county; 200 female prisoners were taken to Santa Rosa County Jail, according to Kathleen Dough-Castro, chief public information officer.
Two Prisoners Killed in Blast
Two unidentified prisoners were confirmed dead after the explosion. Over 100 people, including inmates and jail personnel, were also injured. Some were admitted to area hospitals while many more were being treated for minor injuries. The exact number of injuries was uncertain.
Search and rescue crews had accounted for all jail personnel and all but two inmates by 2 a.m. It was not clear if the two deceased prisoners were the same two that were unaccounted for.
Some people within the jail had complained about a strong gas odor about 90 minutes before the deadly blast. One witness told reporters the jail had been using temporary gas generators after a storm had knocked out power to the facility.