Workers located safe and well after US plant blast
Roof blown off propane business in Florida
John Herrell spokesman of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office speaks after explosions at a Florida propane tank servicing plant in Tavares, Florida today. Photograph: Reuters
All workers at a Florida gas plant rocked by a series of explosions have been accounted for after as many as 15 were initially feared killed, US authorities have said.
John Herrell, of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said all employees at the Blue Rhino propane plant had been accounted for and that no fatalities had been reported.
Seven people were injured and taken to local hospitals.
Earlier reports had said 15 workers were missing after the blasts, but all were later found safe. The Blue Rhino plant refills propane tanks typically used for barbecues and other uses.
Mr Herrell said there are usually 53,000 20lb propane tanks at the factory. He said a crew of 24 to 26 people were working at the plant on an overnight shift when the explosions happened.