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Federal officials begin investigation into cause jail explosion
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Federal investigators are in town today working to figure out what caused the explosion at the Escambia County Jail.
The blast happened just after 11 o'clock Wednesday night.
Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez has more on what they'll be doing.
Outside the Escambia County Jail you can see the crime scene tape is still up, and if you take a look behind me, you can still see all that damage caused by the explosion.
ATF just arrived this morning, and here's what they plan on doing they are here to figure out exactly what caused the explosion in the first place.
They have with them heavy equipment to sort through debris and also about 18 agents all with different specialties including explosive experts.
They're here because the Fire Marshall's office called them out.
They first have to make sure the building is safe to go in before they start moving debris
Recap of Escambia County Jail explosion:
More than a dozen special agents from the U S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now investigating the explosion at the Escambia County Jail.
The Central Booking Facility exploded late Wednesday night.
184 inmates and staff were injured, two inmates and one corrections officer are hospitalized.
Two inmates were killed.
They've been identified as 45-year- old David Weinstein and 54-year- old Robert Simmons.
The corrections officer was critically injured.
Family members say Christopher Hankinson has been moved to UAB hospital in Birmingham.
"My uncle had shattered his vertebrae, C-12 to C-14 vertebrae, and he was paralyzed and it's possible he will not walk ever again."
Hankinson's wife, Shannon, is a Detention Officer.
She was working in another part of the building that night but was not hurt.