100-150 injured in explosion at Florida prison - police

May 01, 2014 

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

Pensacola Police Officer Maria Landy confirmed to ABC News Radio that there were two casualties. She would not specify though if those dead were inmates or guards. The blast caused partial collapse of one of the buildings.

The accident took place at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility on Wednesday night.

"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."

Sacred Heart Hospital, one of five in the area receiving those injured in the explosion, accepted 31 patients with mostly minor injuries, according to the hospital’s spokesman, who added law enforcement officers were providing security while prisoners were treated there.


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