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Recent bad weather 'may have contributed to blast'

Part of the Escambia County Jail that was damaged in the blast. Credit: NBC News

The explosion at a Florida jail may have been caused by the recent extreme weather in the region, a spokesperson has said.

"We have reports people heard an explosion and smelled gas. There was no fire," County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro said, adding that the blast may have been related to severe storms that have hit the southern United States.

"The facility did receive extensive flooding as a result of the rains yesterday," she said.

Florida jail blast: Two dead and at least 100 injured

At least two inmates have died and more than 100 other people injured in an apparent gas explosion at a county jail in Florida, according to NBC News.

Kathleen Castro, the county’s public information officer, confirmed the deaths to NBC News and said the both prisoners and corrections officials were among the wounded.

About 600 prisoners were in the building at the time. Uninjured inmates were being moved to other detention facilities and no escapees have yet been reported.


Gas explosion at US jail injures at least 100

A reported gas explosion at Escambia County Jail in Florida has injured at least 100 people, US media has reported.

Car crashes into US day care centre leaving 12 injured

A car crashed into a day care centre in Orlando, Florida, leaving 11 children and one adult injured, according to NBC News.

The car crash has left 11 children and one adult injured. Credit: NBC News

Police said a Dodge Durango smashed into another car which then hit the KinderCare building.

The driver of a Dodge fled the scene. Credit: NBC News

The Dodge fled the scene and police are now looking for the driver of that silver vehicle which has front-end damage.

Police are now searching for the driver of the car that fled. Credit: NBC News

Florida cinema shooting widow: My life is shattered

A widow whose husband was shot dead in a Florida cinema following a row over texting has told reporters "in a blink of an eye my life was shattered into a million pieces".

Nicole Oulson, who was also injured in the incident, says her priority is her young daughter Alexis following the death of her 43-year-old husband Chad.

71-year-old Curtis Reeves - a retired sheriff - is charged with second-degree murder.

Cinemagoer's wife 'wounded by same bullet'

The wife of the man who was shot dead in a cinema row was struck by the same bullet that killed her husband when she put her hand in front of him as the gun was fired, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Nicole Oulson, 33, was treated for a gunshot wound to her hand and later released from hospital.

The couple were watching Lone Survivor at a cinema in Tampa, Florida, when a row over texting broke out with the alleged gunman, retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves Jr, and his wife.


Man shot after 'popcorn fight' in Florida cinema

Witnesses at the Florida cinema where a man was shot dead following an altercation over texting described two men raising their voices and throwing popcorn at each other before the shooting.

Charles Cummings said a man in the back row got up and left the room, and then came back appearing upset. He said the men started raising their voices moments later.

Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn. And then bang, he was shot.

I can't believe people would bring a pistol, a gun, to a movie. I can't believe they would argue and fight and shoot one another over popcorn. Over a cell phone.

Retired policeman charged after cinema shooting

A retired policeman is accused of shooting a man dead because he was texting on his mobile phone at a Florida cinema.

Police said 71-year-old Curtis Reeves asked Chad Oulson, 43, to stop texting during a screening of Lone Survivor at the The Grove 16 cinema in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The pair argued and Mr Oulsen was shot along with his wife Nicole.

Both were taken to hospital where Mr Oulson later died.

An off-duty police officer detained Reeves until colleagues arrived. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

Man shot dead in cinema phone row

A man has been shot dead and a woman was injured during an argument over mobile phone use at a cinema in Florida.

The shooting victims were watching the movie Lone Survivor when the male suspect and his wife apparently took issue with the couple using their phones. The ensuing argument led to the shooting.

The man and woman were shot at the Cobb Grove 16 cinema in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Carlson

Both victims were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where the man later died.

A bystander at the cinema in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, detained the suspect until the police arrived.

British man uses dolphin to deliver marriage proposal

A imaginative British man used a dolphin to ask his girlfriend to be his wife at Discovery Cove in Orlando at the weekend.

Alex Rigby and Debbie Preston, both from St Helens, were swimming with a dolphin in Florida when the dramatic proposal unfolded.

Alex Rigby, 27 asked his girlfriend, Debbie Preston, 26, to be his wife at Discovery Cove in Orlando at the weekend Credit: PA Wire

The dolphin swam over to her with a buoy that said 'Debbie, will you marry me?'.

The bride-to-be, who was greeted with a ring when she emerged from the water, struggled to find the words to sum up the "emotional" event saying: "I can't speak right now. I can plan a wedding. Yeah! Great!".

A dolphin swam over to the bride-to-be with a buoy that said 'Debbie, will you marry me?' Credit: PA Wire

Mr Rigby said he had been building up to the event for some time and had thought a lot about how he would pop the question.

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