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UPDATE: Two dead and more than 100 injured in Florida prison explosion

UPDATED Thursday, May 1, 2014 ---- 5:01 a.m.

At least two inmates are dead and more than 150 other people were injured when an apparent gas explosion collapsed part of a county prison in Pensacola, Florida.

The explosion happened around 11:00 pm Wednesday night in Escambia County Jail's Central Booking Facility and caused the building to partially collapse.

About 600 prisoners were in the building at the time. Uninjured inmates were being moved to other detention facilities.

Authorities believe severe flooding from recent storms is a factor in what caused the explosion.


Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 --- 4:40 a.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A county spokeswoman says a gas explosion at a jail in Pensacola, Florida, has injured 100 to 150 inmates and corrections officers.

Kathleen Castro says the explosion happened around 11 p.m. CDT Wednesday in Escambia County jail's booking facility and caused the building to partially collapse. She says about 600 inmates were in the building at the time.

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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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