Jail Explosion
1:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Escambia County Jail Blast Probe Ends On-Site Investigation

Escambia Jail May Be A Total Loss

Just over a week after an explosion at the Escambia County Jail’s central booking facility, the building is back under county control as the investigation is continues.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office returned the jail to the County Commission on Thursday, after leading the investigation into the blast which killed two inmates and injured 184 others. The initial report did not raise any eyebrows.

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Escambia Co Jail Explosion
2:31 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Fire Marshal, ATF Main Players in Jail Blast Probe

Damage from Wednesday's blast at the Escambia Co. Jail

With 600 inmates securely housed at other detention facilities in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, the attention now turns to what caused Wednesday night’s explosion at the Escambia County Jail.

It was, by all standards, a major logistical feat – evacuating the jail, rescuing inmates trapped in the rubble, transporting the 184 injured to area hospitals and the rest to other lockups.

What may have helped matters was that the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center was already activated for Tuesday’s storms and flooding. Mike Weaver is Public Safety Director.

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Jail Explosion
12:14 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Investigation Begins Into Jail Explosion

Escambia County Booking Center after explosion.
Credit Photo via Twitter// @weartv

Inmates from the Escambia County Jail are scattered around detention facilities and hospitals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties after Wednesday night’s explosion at the lockup. The blast is believed to have originated in a rear laundry room on the first floor, according to officials.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

"Anything For A Buck" Sting Faces Investigation By Justice Department

Credit Escambia County Sheriff's Office

“Anything for a Buck,” launched in 2011 to take illegal guns off the streets of Escambia County, is among several stings run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that are now under investigation by the Justice Department.

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Operation Smoking Gun
10:09 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Dozens arrested in ECSO warrant sweep

Sheriff David Morgan
Credit Escambia County Sheriff's Office

An arrest warrant sweep dubbed “Operation Smoking Gun” netted 61 arrests last month, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

That and future such operations are aimed at whittling down the roughly 25,000 outstanding warrants the Escambia County Sheriff's Office deals with on any given day. But Morgan says that’s actually down from the 34,000 that he inherited when he took office in 2009.

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