More than 100 injured in Florida jail explosion

AP , Thursday 1 May 2014

A gas explosion at a jail in the Florida Panhandle has injured 100 to 150 inmates and corrections officers.

The explosion happened around 11 p.m. CDT Wednesday in Escambia County jail's booking facility in Pensacola and caused the building to partially collapse, said Kathleen Castro, the county's public information manager. About 600 inmates were in the building at the time, she said.

Castro didn't know if flooding in the area was a factor but says the jail did get extensive flooding during heavy rains that drenched the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

The injured were brought to hospitals and the uninjured inmates were brought to jails in neighboring counties, Castro said.

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