At Least Seven Injured in Propane Plant Explosion


Explosions from a propane facility rocked a central Florida town. At least seven people were injured in the blast, and three are in critical condition.

The blast started around 10:30 Monday night at the Blue Rhino Propane Facility in Tavares, Florida. The company exchanges and cleans propane tanks.

At least two dozen employees were in the building at the time of the blast. Workers say the force of the explosion knocked them to the ground.

"I heard the explosion and it probably threw me back about three feet. I landed on my butt. And then I kind of seen, like blurry and my ears were ringing real bad. All I could see is everyone just running and I got up and just ran," said employee Bobby Hutsenpiller.

There were more than 53,000 tanks at the facility, and some of the 20 pound canisters ignited shooting into the sky.

Police said residents from towns as far as 10 miles away from the plant said their houses were shaking. Officials initially evacuated all homes within a one mile radius, but the evacuation order has since been lifted.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined

Although authorities had first feared several of the workers had been killed in the blast, there were no fatalities and all the workers are accounted for.


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