• Explosion at Blue Rhino plant in Tavares ruled accidental


    TAVARES, Fla. - Channel 9 has learned explosions at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares have been ruled accidental.

    The blasts in July sent propane canisters flying through the air and heavily damaged the plant, injuring seven workers.

    The facility has resumed full production after passing a string of inspections and putting new safety procedures in place.

    "Of all the facilities in the country, this is probably the one with the most safety items in it," said Tavares City Administrator John Drury.

    A company statement outlined four major improvements: an automated water cannon system that will be online next month to flood any fire, a 30 percent cut in the number of propane tanks on the property, more space between the rows of tanks, and more ways in and out of the facility.

    "I think this facility may set the standard for all other facilities, not only Blue Rhino, but beyond that," said Drury.

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