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2 dead, 100-150 injured in explosion at Florida prison - police

Published time: May 01, 2014 08:50
Edited time: May 01, 2014 10:29
Escambia County Jail facility (Image from google.maps.com)

Escambia County Jail facility (Image from google.maps.com)

At least 2 people have been killed and 100 injured in a gas explosion at a jail in Pensacola, Florida, according to a spokeswoman. The blast resulted in the partial collapse of one of the buildings.

Pensacola police officer, Maria Landy, confirmed to ABC News Radio that there were two deaths. However, she would not specify if these fatalities were inmates or guards.

The accident happened at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility on Wednesday night. The blast reportedly shook houses for several blocks and police have cordoned off the area.

"There was an apparent gas explosion in the central booking area of the Escambia County jail," Escambia County Public Information Officer Kathleen Dough-Castro said during a news briefing, as cited by the Pensacola News Journal. "We had approximately 600 prisoners in the facility at the time. Injured prisoners are being transported under guard to area hospitals. Uninjured prisoners are being taken to other detention facilities in Escambia County as well as Santa Rosa County."

Dough-Castro said that one of the buildings partially collapsed in the facility and there was also damage caused to a roof, while the walls in the facility are believed to be unstable.

There are both inmates and guards among the injured, and they have been taken to five different hospitals in the area.

Sacred Heart Hospital accepted 31 patients with mostly minor injuries, according to the hospital’s spokesman, who added law enforcement officers were providing security while prisoners were being treated there.

Among other medical facilities providing treatment are Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hospital and West Florida Hospital. All of them report having patients with non life-threatening injuries.

Authorities are trying to find out what caused the explosion and if the accident could in any way have been provoked by extensive flooding, which had affected the facility following heavy rains in the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Comments (10)

 

James Manning 04.05.2014 07:24

Most inmates are treated like trash anyways, u can bet the gaurds came first to be treated.

 

Thomas Fährmann 01.05.2014 13:33

That was Mr. Putins fault for sure. The russians looked in the sky and somewhere in a US prison something goes bang!

Now call for some sanction!

 

Richard Godse 01.05.2014 13:15

vitalii 01.05.2014 11:12

We Certainly Hope/Change that the U.S wasn't Testing out Their New Batch of Sarin Gas as Well.
Those Poor Prisoners Sent to Life in Prison for Stealing a Packet/Slop of Biscuits Due to Starvation.

  


I heard they also tested mind controlling devices originating from chem trails in the skies, better put that tin foil hat back on and hide in your basements safety cell !

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