Seven hurt in US gas plant blast

Seven workers workers have been injured, two critically, after explosions at a propane plant in Florida.

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Evacuation zone reduced following gas plant blast

The evacuation zone surrounding the Blue Rhino propane plant in Florida has been reduced to a half a mile radius, John Herrell, of the Lake County Sheriff's Office, said.

Flames can be seen from the Blue Rhino plant following the explosions. Credit: EBU

The evacuation zone was initially a mile radius, but has been made smaller after the blaze was successfully brought under control.

Seven people were injured in the blast at the plant, which refills propane tanks typically used for barbecues.

A crew of 24 to 26 people were working at the plant on an overnight shift when the explosions happened.


'Two critically injured' at Florida propane plant

At least two people are critically injured, and 10 missing after a series of explosions at a propane plant in central Orlando, in Florida, according to NBC News.

Lake County firefighters told NBC station WESH that five people had been airlifted to hospitals by helicopters and that a sixth was transported by ground.

Two people were in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital said.


'Massive emergency response' after Florida explosion

A massive emergency response is underway after a series of explosions rocked a propane gas plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, local news agency WESH is reporting.

One-mile evacuation from Florida explosion scene

A series of explosions rocked a propane gas plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, on Monday night, an emergency dispatch official said, and local media reported that homeowners living within a mile of the facility were being evacuated.

There was no immediate word on whether anyone had been injured or killed in the blasts, which began at about 11 p.m. EDT in the town of Tavares, Florida, the Lake County dispatcher told Reuters.

He said fire department and other emergency crews were being dispatched to the scene.

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