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At least two dead after explosion at Florida jail

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.

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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.

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