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    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A series of explosions rocked a propane gas plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, on Monday night, an emergency dispatch official said, and local media reported that homeowners living within a mile of the facility were being evacuated.

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    The explosions occurred about 11 p.m. ET at the Lake County plant of Blue Rhino, The Orlando Sentinel reported. NBC station WESH of Orlando reported that "multiple" people suffered unspecified injuries and that residents were being evacuated for a mile around the site in what authorities called a "mass casualty scene."
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    ALMOST 2 HOURS OF NON-STOP EXPLOSIONS AT PROPANE PLANT. MEDICAL EXAMINER TOLD TO EXPECT MULTIPLE VICTIMS. ONGOING EVACUATIONS.
    MORE EXPLOSIONS REPORTED AT PROPANE PLANT IN FLORIDA. POLICE GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN ONE MILE RADIUS URGING TO EVACUATE.
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    Explosions rock Lake County gas plant, force evacuations
    Multiple injuries reported


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    A large series of explosions rocked a gas plant in Lake County late Monday, causing multiple casualties and forcing the evacuations of residents at least a mile away, authorities said.

    Twenty-four people were working the night shift at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business, and 15 people were unaccounted for early Tuesday, Tavares City Administrator John Drury said.

    The number of injured was not immediately known.

    The first explosions began a little before 11 p.m. Monday at Blue Rhino, 300 County Road 448 and lasted for more than half an hour. The blasts began again about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in tractor-trailers loaded with pallets of propane tanks, said Richard Keith.

    Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Herrell said 15 people working the night shift Monday were unaccounted for as of about 1:30 a.m. Seven workers were transported to hospitals, two people drove themselves to the hospital, Herrell said.

    Two workers escaped the plant unharmed, Herrell said, and early into the morning they were talking with chaplains.

    Herrell said the plant, as of Monday, had about 53,000 20-pound propane cylinders on site. There is "no indication whatsoever" how the fire or explosions started, he said.

    "I heard loud boom sounds," said Lisa Garner, 43, who lives in Lakeside, a Tavares subdivision near county roads 461 and 448. "I thought somebody ran into my house."

    The first blasts happened inside the plant, blowing the roof off, Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders said. After the second round, Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith pulled his firefighters out for fear that they would be injured.

    Five medical helicopters landed at LakeTech Institute of Public Safety, according to public-safety scanner transmissions. They took patients to hospitals in Lakeland, Ocala, Tampa and Orlando, according to transmissions just after midnight.

    Orlando Regional Medical Center was treating two men for burns, a hospital spokeswoman said. They were in critical condition.

    The Lake County Medical Examiner also was notified.

    When the second round of explosions began close to midnight, and the fire spread to another part of the plant, Herrell said, fire officials had to pull their crews back a bit.

    The giant flames had subsided a bit by 1 a.m., when Herrell met with reporters about a mile from the plant.

    "At this point, the fire personnel are doing what they can...their main concern is containing this fire, containing this scene," Herrell said, adding that fire officials believed the fire was "contained" shortly after 1 a.m.

    Herrell said at least 200 fire rescue, EMS and law enforcement officers from various law enforcement agencies.

    "It's a very dangerous scene," Herrell said, adding that there were no reports of injuries among the first responders. "All I know in speaking with the fire chief is they have to proceed very cautiously."

    Family members of workers were encouraged to go to the Lake Tech Institute of Public Safety on Lane Park Cutoff in Tavares.

    Residents described sounds similar to a shotgun or fireworks and saw bursts of light and a bright orange glow above the treetops, they said. Some reported a "giant fireball" in the sky.

    The sight of flames was reported more than five miles away. The vibrations could be felt as far away as Mount Dora.

    Scores of people lined Lake Dora on Lakeshore Drive and gathering in a park in downtown Tavares to watch.

    C.R. 448 was closed for three or four miles east of the plant.

    Blue Rhino relocated to Tavares about seven years ago, according to an April 2006 article in the Orlando Sentinel. Its headquarters is in North Carolina.

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    How terrible. Prayers for all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    How terrible. Prayers for all.
    Indeed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artois View Post
    Indeed
    I think the prayers worked-on the news this morning, they said no one was killed, and all employees were accounted for, although some were badly injured.


    The footage looked pretty scary. It is amazing that no one has died.
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    Alright. This is officially moving into the 'fishy' category. A fertilizer plant in Texas, a train in Canada, chemical plant explosion in Louisiana, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and now a propane plant in Florida. Am I the only one who thinks this is looking a little fishy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Alright. This is officially moving into the 'fishy' category. A fertilizer plant in Texas, a train in Canada, chemical plant explosion in Louisiana, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and now a propane plant in Florida. Am I the only one who thinks this is looking a little fishy?
    Flammable explosive things explode? Shocking!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Alright. This is officially moving into the 'fishy' category. A fertilizer plant in Texas, a train in Canada, chemical plant explosion in Louisiana, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and now a propane plant in Florida. Am I the only one who thinks this is looking a little fishy?
    It does seem like a rather long stretch of bad luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Flammable explosive things explode? Shocking!!!!
    All in a relative short period of time? And don't you patronize me.
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