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Grand Jury: No Charges In Florida Jail Explosion

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PENSACOLA (CBSMiami/AP) — In April, an explosion at a Florida jail killed two inmates and injured 200 more. However, a grand jury looking into the deadly case said there isn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

The blast happened at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, but mystery surrounded what caused it.

It was first reported that the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak, but state investigators and federal authorities said they had found evidence revealing a crime was committed.

In the end, jurors noted that a spark from an unknown source ignited natural gas and caused the explosion.

In a report released by the State Attorney's Office on Thursday, grand jurors commended guards and the Escambia Sheriff's staff for their work during the explosion and flooding.

The grand jury made a number of recommendations for the county to consider as it builds a new jail.



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