With inmates locked up, jail blast cause is focus

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — When an apparent gas explosion leveled a Florida jail and killed two inmates, officials had to rescue prisoners trapped in the rubble, evacuate the building and treat the injured in the parking lot and hospitals. Then, they had to find new secure facilities for 600 inmates.

By Thursday afternoon, authorities appeared to have pulled off the logistical feat, shuttling nearly all of them to several jails. Two inmates and a corrections officer were still in hospitals after 180 or so prisoners and guards were treated and released. One inmate reportedly went into labor and had a baby in the chaos.

With the inmates locked up again, attention quickly turned to exactly what caused the blast.

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