PENSACOLA, Fla. - State Attorney Bill Eddins says criminal negligence charges in the fatal explosion at a Florida jail are possible if investigators find that authorities smelled gas but failed to evacuate inmates and officers.
The April 30 explosion killed two inmates, paralyzed a detention officer and injured about 200 others.
Six hundred inmates were in the jail when the blast ripped through the bottom floor a day after heavy rains left two feet of water in the Pensacola building's basement.
Investigators are combing through the debris to try to determine a cause.
Many inmates have said they complained about smelling gas hours before the explosion.
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