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Florida: Plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport

A still image from a handout video footage by Mike Dupuy of the blaze. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Dupuy/

Passengers have been forced to evacuate a Dynamic International Airways plane after it apparently caught fire on the runway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NBC News Miami reports that the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane had experienced a fuel leak before takeoff at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767, was headed for Venezuela, according to reports.



Children hurt as bouncy castle is swept up by tornado

Several children have been hurt when the bouncy castle they were playing in on a Florida beach was swept into the air by a waterspout that turned into a tornado.

The three young children were hospitalised after they span 20 feet into the air before being thrown onto the ground on Fort Lauderdale beach.

The incident was captured by onlooker Brandon Burchett:

"I was thinking I was about to die," said 5-year old Shadaja Bryant, who was left with a broken arm after the violent ride. "I was in the bounce house and then it flew while I was in there, then I fell in the dirt."

The children have been left with relatively minor injuries, and are expected to recover fully.

Florida teens set up Instagram account for child abuse pictures

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Three young teenagers created a social media account to solicit and post explicit photographs of other children, it has emerged.

Florida police said the Instagram account - with more than 500 followers - led detectives to charge the 12 and 15-year-old boys and the 13-year-old girl with electronic transmission of sexually-explicit child abuse.They said the trio were posting photos of naked Broward County children to the account and then encouraging their followers to do the same.

The postings included the victims' names and other personal information. Police, who began investigating the Instagram account in December, say followers harassed victims by posting insulting comments.

It was not immediately clear how the trio obtained the photos.

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