2 Dead, More Than 150 Injured In Fla. Jail Explosion

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At least two people are dead and more than 150 others are injured after a gas explosion at a Florida jail, authorities said, with the blast likely related to recent flooding in the region.

The explosion happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility, said Kathleen Dough-Castro, the Public Information Officer for Escambia County.

Pensacola Police Officer Maria Landy told ABC News Radio that two people have died, but at this point there's no word on whether the victims are inmates or guards.

The injured, 155 inmates and guards in total, have been taken to area hospitals, most of them with minor injuries. About 600 uninjured prisoners were evacuated by bus and transferred to other detention facilities in the area, Dough-Castro said. No inmates are known to have escaped.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Escambia County is located in the western part of the state.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report.

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