UPDATE: No Fatalities after Fla. Gas Plant Blast

By: AP
By: AP
A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers.

Blue Rhino explosion (Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel)

UPDATE 7/30/13 1:30am
TAVARES, Fla. (AP) -- All workers at a Florida gas plant rocked by a series of explosions have been accounted for after as many as 15 were initially feared killed, authorities say.

John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday that all the workers at the Blue Rhino propane plant had been accounted for and that no fatalities had been reported after explosions hit the plant late Monday night. Seven people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

Herrell earlier had said 15 workers were unaccounted for after the blasts, but all were later found safe.


TAVARES CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing.

Tavares City Administrator John Drury says 10 of 24 people working at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business there, have not been accounted for after the blasts.

Arial footage of the scene early Tuesday morning showed fires still burning over a large area shooting large flames and plumes of smoke into the night sky. Emergency crews could also be seen massing nearby.

Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders says the blasts occurred inside the plant and blew the roof off.

The blasts began about 11 p.m. and continued for about an hour.

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