Massive damage but no deaths in blast at central Florida propane plant

 Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Equipment failure and human error likely caused the propane tank cylinders to explode at a central Florida refilling plant late Monday, a fire official said Tuesday. The blasts at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares injured eight plant workers. Residents nearby saw a pulsating glow in the sky. One Tavares resident Norma Haygood told CNN affiliate WESH it felt like "bombs going off." The fire is out and authorities are investigating the cause, according to Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith. There had been earlier reports of 15 missing workers, but everyone known to be there has been accounted for, Keith said. Some had fled the scene; some drove themselves to hospitals. Keith, who lives a few miles away from the fire, said he "knew it was bad right off the bat." "It truly sounded like a car hit our house," Keith said.