Florida jail explosion kills 2, injures 150

Debris from an explosion at the Escambia County Jail is scattered at the entrance to  the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 100 others injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Debris from an explosion at the Escambia County Jail is scattered at the entrance to the facility, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 100 others injured in the explosion according to an Escambia County spokeswoman. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An inmate says she and other inmates had complained of smelling gas ahead of an apparent explosion that rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates and injuring as many as 150 people.

Monique Barnes says she was knocked off her fourth-floor bunk in the explosion late Wednesday night in Pensacola. She told The Associated Press the explosion shook inmates so hard “it was like we were in an earthquake.”

The sheriff wouldn’t comment on whether inmates complained about smelling gas.

The explosion created a chaotic scene as inmates were bused to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Thursday three inmates still are unaccounted for and the jail was almost completely destroyed.

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