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Fla. Blast Injures Eight, Releases Gas

January 30, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A small amount of radiation was released inside a building Monday when a gas cylinder exploded, sending eight people to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.

About 73 people were also being decontaminated due to exposure to krypton gas, but the health risks were minimal, officials said. Krypton gas is colorless and nontoxic.

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue officials were called around 10:45 a.m. to Unison Industries, but it is not believed any radiation was released outside of the building, agency spokeswoman Bennie Seth said.

The company makes alternators for turbine engines and ignition generators for Tomahawk cruise missiles, according to its Web site.

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