From the Associated Press:
Several people were injured, with at least three critically injured.
All the workers at the plant were accounted for early Tuesday after officials initially could not account for more than a dozen employees.
John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said there were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.
“Management is comfortable saying all of those they knew were there tonight have been accounted for,” he said.
Original story and video below.
TAVARES CITY, Fla. (TheBlaze/AP) — A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Monday night 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.
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 p.m. and continued for about an hour.