Ceremony to mark Escambia County Jail demolition Wednesday

Northwest Florida

A ceremony in Escambia County Florida will commemorate the destruction of the old Escambia County Jail and outline the county’s plans for the future.  Nearly five years ago a gas explosion killed two people and injured dozens of others.  

Demolition on the facility began in November.  Deconstruction has been a slow meticulous process starting from the inside out.  Today there will be no implosion nor explosion just a somber ceremony to mark the progress being made at the site.

That ceremony will happen at 11 this morning.  According to a news release they will hold it “outside the facility’s east gate/sally port entrance located near the intersection of North “H” and Baars streets.”

The brief program will include the history of the building, plans for the site, a moment of silence and prayers for the approximately 600 inmates and staff who were in the building when an explosion in the basement laundry room occurred during the April 2014 flooding event. The explosion tragically killed two and injured 184.

Parking for the ceremony is available at Escambia County Video Visitation, 1190 W. Leonard St. or in the parking lot just south of the central booking facility. Please use care in crossing Leonard Street if utilizing this parking. 
–Escambia County News Release.

A county spokesman says the explosion ceremony marks an important milestone in this project.

It’s important to recognize the loss of life and injuries that took place the night of the explosion. Additionally, as we move forward with both the construction of the new jail facility, the demolition and creation of an important storm water holding pond at the location of the central booking and detention facility building, we most do so without forgetting our past. — Joy Tsubooka

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