Series of explosions rock Florida gas plant, workers missing
Posted on: 11:15 AM IST Jul 30, 2013
A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing.
The Orlando Sentinel reports on Monday night Tavares City Administrator John Drury says 10 of 24 people working at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business in Florida, have not been accounted for after the blasts.
Video footage on WESH-TV in Orlando showed fires burning through trucks used to transport propane tanks, which were parked at the plant. The fire was sending plumes of smoke into the air nearly two hours after the blast. Emergency crews could also be seen massing nearby.
Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said he is still getting "preliminary information" from local authorities. He did not have any "firm" numbers on injuries or deaths.
Koon did confirm that local authorities have evacuated people within a one-mile radius of the plant.
Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders says the blasts occurred inside the plant and blew the roof off.
The newspaper reports that the blasts began about 11 pm and continued for about an hour.