July 30th, 2013
10:33 AM ET

Series of Explosions Rock Gas Plant

Last night, powerful explosions rattled windows 15 miles away and sent huge plumes of fire into the sky just before 11:00pm ET at the Blue Rhino facility in Tavares, FL near Orlando.

The full scope of the devastation will not be known until today when crews can survey the damage, CNN's Alina Machado reports.

One after another, explosions went off, and they were so big and loud they could be seen and heard for miles. The inferno lit up the night sky, and the danger so great, officials forced residents a mile away to evacuate.

Dozens of emergency responders raced to the scene to treat the injured, while firefighters fought to put down the flames.

Plant officials have accounted for the two dozen employees working at the time, at least seven were taken to area hospitals. There were no fatalities.

"The employees were able to escape and scatter because the fire was not in the main part where they were working," says John Harrell, Lake County Sheriff's office.

Blue Rhino is a company that supplies small propane tanks used for backyard barbecues. Officials in Florida say there were likely 53 thousand of the 20 lb cylinders at the plant at the time.

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