FOX10 News is learning more about the Escambia County Jail explosion from Wednesday night. Witnesses tell FOX10 News they smelled gas before the explosion. Some, even weeks before.
On Friday, FOX10 News obtained surveillance video of the explosion from ASAP Bail Bonds located across the street from the jail.
Owner, Wallace Haygood told FOX10 News he was walking across the street to perform a bond when the explosion occurred.
“I give praise to God that I was just across the street when it happened. It exploded and I didn’t know what it was. All I saw was a spark of flame over the jail. It was so loud, I didn’t know what it was,” said Haygood.
On the surveillance video, you can see a slight spark, then a massive explosion on the roof of the building. It happened at 10:13 Wednesday night. Two minutes later, authorities arrived on the scene to assess the damage caused from the explosion.
“The response time from the Escambia County Police was excellent. They got here in like two minutes. When I finally realized what happened. I was just thankful that I wasn’t over there,” said Haygood.
ATF officials, along with sheriff deputies were on hand again Friday ensuring the area around the jail was safe.
In a press conference on Friday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the sheriff department is not investigating the explosion and is simply “monitoring” the area and case. He said it is up to the ATF to release information.
The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation.