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Five remain hospitalised following propane facility blast in Florida
ICIS News : 30-Jul-13 20:16
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Five people remain hospitalised following a Monday night explosion at a propane gas facility in Florida, a spokesperson said on Tuesday afternoon.
Another person that was hurt in the blast at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares has been released from the hospital, said Scott Brockelmeyer, spokesperson for Blue Rhino’s US-based parent company Ferrellgas.
The explosions took place at around 23:00 Tavares time (03:00 GMT) and continued for about an hour, authorities said.
Onsite during the blasts were 24 employees, Brockelmeyer said.
Investigation into the explosions continues, he said. While the cause is unknown, foul play is not suspected.
“We have no reason to believe anything nefarious was taking place,” Brockelmeyer said.
The facility, which produces 2.3m 20gal tanks of propane for barbecues and outdoor use, supplies Florida, southern Alabama and southern Georgia, he said. The propane used at the site is supplied by truck and rail from sources such as Enterprise’s Dixie pipeline, he added.
The Tavares Blue Rhino facility was closed for business on Tuesday but will reopen soon, Brockelmeyer said.
“We are focused on our employees and their well-being. It’s a horrible, horrible accident,” he said.
By Jeremy Pafford
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