Workers missing after US gas plant blasts

2013-07-30 08:00

Tavares City — A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing.

The Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday night that Tavares City Administrator John Drury says 10 of 24 people working at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business there, have not been accounted for after the blasts.

Aerial footage of the scene early on Tuesday morning showed fires still burning over a large area, shooting large flames and plumes of smoke into the night sky. Emergency crews could also be seen massing nearby.

Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said he is still getting "preliminary information" from local authorities. He did not have any "firm" numbers on injuries or deaths.

Koon did confirm that local authorities have evacuated people within a 1.6km radius of the plant.

Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders says the blasts occurred inside the plant and blew the roof off.

The newspaper reports that the blasts began about 23:00 and continued for about an hour.