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Video: Florida Jail Gas Explosion Kills 2, Scores Injured

May 01, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Jail Gas Explosion Kills 2, Scores Injured

Wednesday night's gas explosion at the Escambia County jail in Pensacola, Fla., killed two inmates and sent a total of 184 people to local hospitals for treatment, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

Two male inmates and one corrections officer are still in the hospital with injuries, according to Escambia spokesman Bill Pearson.

All three inmates that were missing after the explosion have been accounted for.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion is under way by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Major flooding in the area caused by heavy rains is suspected to be a factor.


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John R. @ 5/1/2014 4:28 PM

Well not that I wish this on people '"but"" if they were serial killers or petophiles --- GOD works in mysterious ways huh? LOL

Lt Dan @ 5/2/2014 5:06 AM

My first question is, How did the gas leak happen? My second question is, What would I do if this happened in my jail and are we currently prepared to handle it? My final thought is, Thank God that never happened when I was responsible for the jail.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2014 9:23 AM

This is the one of only a few jails in the Florida Pan Handle with a basement. There was 26 inches of standing water in the basement from the huge storm that hit here. They think it was a weakness in a pipe line that burst but with that much equipment under water if there were boilers down there, a pilot light could have been put out on any one of them causing a gas leak. Once the gas leak found an ignition source the basement exploded up ward right into the jail cells at 11 pm when the prisoners would have bedded down for the night. In several counties in the Pan Handle the jail is not run by the Sheriff but by the County Commissioners. Jailers are not Deputies they are employed strictly by the Commissioners as jailers and have no authority outside the jail. Considering all the confusion they had to contend with in the middle of the largest storm to hit this area in 100 years they did a great job by not losing a single inmate to escape. They had initially lost count of four prisoners but they were found in a local hospital as patients. 194 Prisoners were transported to area hospitals and the rest of the population about 400 prisoners were moved to the Santa Rosa County Jail. With everything that happened the staff did an excellent job controlling the prisoners and moving them to other facilities under extreme conditions.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2014 7:22 PM

According to the evening Pensacola news there was an odor of gas in the basement of the jail the day before the blast. So it might all come down to some kind of equipment failure. The blast was caught on camera by a bail bond business across the street. I will attach a the web address for WEAR TV-3 in Pensacola where you can find and view the whole story, there is video on the news channel web page of the blast from a bail bond office across the street from the jail. The video isn't very good but you can see the roof blow off the building so it was quite a blast. One Correctional Officer and two inmates are still in the hospital, the Officer was injured from the blast. ATF is investigating the incident.
http://www.weartv.com

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