More than 100 prisoners and corrections officers were injured after an apparent explosion late Wednesday night at the Escambia County Central Booking Facility in Pensacola, Florida.
The explosion resulted in a partial building collapse, Escambia County said on its website.
The explosion occurred in the wake of major flooding in the Pensacola area. The city picked up 15.55 inches of rain on Tuesday, the all-time wettest day on record there.
County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro told The Associated Press that the jail was flooded during the heavy rains but didn't know whether that was a factor in the explosion.
"They received a lot of rain and it doesn't go away that quickly because of the relatively flat topography of the land," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.
Injured prisoners are being transported to area hospitals. Uninjured inmates are being moved to other detention facilities in Escambia County and neighboring Santa Rosa County, the county said.
The Escambia County commissioners operate three correctional facilities: the Main Jail, the Central Booking & Detention Facility and the Video Visitation Facility.