Multiple Injured in Lake County, Florida Gas Plant Explosion

Published:2:02 am EDT, July 30, 2013| Updated:7:38 am EDT, July 30, 2013|
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A series of large explosions that could be felt miles away rocked Lake County, Florida Monday night with multiple injuries reported, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The explosions began around 11 p.m. in Tavares at a gas plant called Blue Rhino. Twenty-four employees were working the night shift at the time of the explosions, seven whom were transported to area hospitals. A Lake County Sheriff Official initially reported that 15 workers were unaccounted for, but they were all later found.

"At this point we have no fatalities being reported," said Lt. John Herrell, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office. "Management is comfortable saying all of those they knew were there tonight have been accounted for."

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Areas within one mile of the plant were evacuated.

"I heard loud boom sounds," said Lisa Garner, 43, who lives close to the plant. "I thought somebody ran into my house."

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