Gas Explosion In Florida Jail Injures At Least 100 People

The explosion in Escambia County Jail caused serious injuries and the collapse of building. Two people have reportedly been killed.

Updated — May 1, 5:36 a.m.

The apparent gas explosion took place at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night in Escambia County Jail's booking facility.

BREAKING NEWS: Apparent gas explosion at Florida jail injures at least 100 people, collapses part of building, Escambia County official says

Two people have reportedly died in the incident, and at least 100 inmates and officers have been injured.

Hundreds of family members surrounding Escambia County Jail waiting for more answers on explosion. @FOX10News

The explosion caused the building to partially collapse, according to Kathleen Castro, the county's public information manager.

The Associated Press reported that 600 inmates were in the building at the time of the explosion. Flooding in the area might be part of the problem, but is not confirmed that was the exact cause of the explosion.

Photo: Exclusive First look at some of the damage at the Escambia County Jail Central Booking facility @abcactionnews

Ambulances still at Escambia County Jail taking away the injured. @FOX10News is waiting for updates from officials

The injured inmates and officers have been taken to the hospital.

Those who were uninjured in the explosion have been taken to jails in neighboring counties.

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