15 missing in Florida gas explosion
Fifteen people were unaccounted for and nearby neighbourhoods were evacuated after a series of explosions shook a propane gas plant in central Florida, US media reported early Tuesday.
- Published: 30/07/2013 at 01:49 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Graphic map showing the area in the US state of Florida where a series of explosions shook a propane gas plant . Fifteen people were unaccounted for and nearby neighbourhoods were evacuated after the explosions, US media reported.
The Orlando Sentinel newspaper, citing local officials, wrote that 24 people were working the night shift at Blue Rhino, a Lake County propane-tank business, when the explosions occurred.
Some 15 people were still unaccounted for after the accident late Monday, the daily wrote.
The blasts set off a huge fire, which firefighters were still trying to contain early Tuesday.
The Sentinel reported that the first explosions shortly before midnight blew the roof off the plant.
Residents described loud blasts and a "giant fireball" in the sky.
Ambulances and medical helicopters transported patients to area hospitals in Orlando and nearby areas, the Sentinel wrote.
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