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Most Hurt In Florida Jail Blast Out Of Hospital

An official in Florida says nearly all of the inmates and corrections officials injured in an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been released from hospitals.

Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson said Thursday that 184 people were taken to hospitals after the blast and only two inmates and one corrections officer are still there. Pearson wouldn't describe the extent of their injuries.

Two inmates were killed in the explosion late Wednesday. Authorities say three inmates are missing.

The blast created confusion as hundreds of inmates and officers had to evacuate the building, which was all but destroyed.

The Pensacola area was soaked by record-setting rains this week and parts of the jail were flooded, but officials have not determined if the weather had anything to do with the explosion.

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

A county spokeswoman 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.

The spokeswoman says the jail did get extensive flooding during heavy rains that drenched the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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