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Florida Propane Plant Explosions

fla-propaneEight workers were sent to hospitals after propane tank cylinders began exploding at a Blue Rhino refilling plant in central Florida.

For a time, authorities couldn’t find 15 workers, but they were later all found safe. No residents were hurt.

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TAVARES, Fla. — Equipment failure and human error likely caused propane tank cylinders to explode at a central Florida refilling plant late Monday, a fire official said Tuesday.


The blasts happened Monday night at a Blue Rhino plant in Tavares, Florida. (WKMG)

The blasts at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares injured eight plant workers, said John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The situation is now contained and an evacuation order issued overnight has been lifted, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a news release.

Residents nearby saw a pulsating glow in the sky. One Tavares resident, Norma Haygood, told CNN affiliate WESH it felt like “bombs going off.”

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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.


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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