2 Dead, More Than 150 Injured In Florida Jail Explosion

The blast is tied to recent flooding in the region.

ByABC News
May 1, 2014, 4:16 AM

May 1, 2014— -- At least two people have died with more than 150 others injured after a gas explosion at a Florida jail, authorities said, tying the blast to recent flooding in the region.

The explosion happened around 11 p.m. at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility in Pensacola, county spokeswoman Kathleen Dough-Castro said.

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There's no word at this point on whether the victims are inmates or guards, Pensacola Police Officer Maria Landy told ABC News Radio.

The injured - 155 inmates and guards in total - have been taken to area hospitals, most of them with minor injuries. About 600 uninjured prisoners were evacuated by bus and transferred to other detention facilities in the area, Dough-Castro said. No inmates are known to have escaped.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion in the western Florida town.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report.