Most bizarre statement on jail explosion

May 15, 2014

Jon Stewart would have fun with this statement from Escambia County Public Information Bill Pearson that he told the media at the county’s first and only press conference on the April 29 jail explosion:

“From everything that we’ve been told–we’ve actually gone through our 9-1-1 calls–we did not receive any calls about a gas leak before the explosion took place.”

I checked with my sources who work at the jail. The phones that inmates are allowed to use to call family blocked from making 9-1-1 calls.

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  • steve May 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Wow Mr. Rhodes,

    That is totally unbelievable.

    I hope you are getting legal representation.

    Given what your family is going through receiving a medical bill for explosion related treatment is unconscionable.

  • lewis rhodes May 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    now all those injured will be getting bills from baptist hospital as we just got one. im sure more are on the way ,we are hand delivering it to the jail .this is thier bill not mine .

  • justice May 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Elizabeth, they can afford them. They went off many times and all they did was reset them. They chose to ignore the gas and now this. My thoughts out to all the family and immates also. This is a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented. I am sure any record of people complaining will be disposed. If phone calls would ever be released I am sure they have all they need to prove they did nothing. welcome to corruption in Escambia county.

  • Mr. Reality May 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Liz…Just whatin the hell are you talking about?

  • Lewis rhodes May 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I agree that one is up there with the phone calls i received in California that my son was moved before the blast ,when in fact he was next to the 2 that didnt make it,i am curious what their family’s were told also ,now to top it off they replace every ones commissary but they don’t have him on that damn list either .wth .is going on down there

  • Ames May 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I have a day dream…let’s import some triple-digit IQ immigrants for positions in local governments so we can have nice things like infrastructure that is not dependent on large outlays of Federal welfare money every time we have predictable high winds and predictable downpours. There have been great advances in infrastructure building standards developed in the last 80 years or so. We don’t really have to rely solely on thin sheets of asphalt.

  • jeeperman May 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Perhaps he meant no 911 calls from anyone in the building.
    i.e. employees.

  • Elizabeth Holmes May 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

    My heartfelt condolences go out to every inmate, every family, every mother, father, brother, sister and every child affected by the explosion and the resulting deaths. Common sense dictates the use of carbon dioxide detectors, or can the county not even afford that?