TAVARES, Fla. – A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant, igniting a 200-foot high fireball, and sent the sound of “boom after boom after boom” through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least four in critical condition.
John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said early Tuesday that no one died despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant property late Monday night. Officials initially scrambled to find more than a dozen employees after the explosions.
Neighboring houses were evacuated, but no damage to them was reported.
“Management is comfortable saying all of those they knew were there tonight have been accounted for,” he said.
Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said possible causes of the explosion may be either equipment malfunction or human error. Sabotage was not suspected.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation, as…
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