According to officials, a gas explosion has killed at least two inmates and injured over 150 people at a Florida county jail last night.
NBC News reports the explosion happen at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Fla. around 11 p.m. last night, causing a portion of the building to collapse. Roughly 600 inmates were inside of the facility at the time, and those who were not injured were transported to other correctional facilities.
Escambia County Public Information Officer Kathleen Castro told CBS News that there could have been two explosions, and it sounded as if someone "drove into [her] house." Castro also confirmed the deaths to NBC News, adding that both inmates and guards were injured.
The building was evacuated and the wounded were taken to five area hospitals. NBC News mentions that Pensacola experienced severe flooding earlier in the day, but that has not been confirmed as a factor in the explosion.
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