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Explosions Rock Central Florida Gas Plant, Force Evacuations

TAVERES, Fla. — A large series of explosions has rocked a gas plant in Lake County, causing multiple deaths and injuries and forcing the evacuations of residents at least a mile away, authorities said.

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Explosions engulf Blue Rhino propane plant in central Florida. (Orlando Sentinel)

Twenty-four people were working the night shift, and 10 people are unaccounted for, Tavares City Administrator John Drury said.

The number of injured was not immediately known.

The explosions began a little before 11 p.m. at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business at 300 C.R. Road 448 and lasted for more than half an hour.

All the explosions happened inside the plant, blowing the roof off, Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders said.

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