WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed June 20, 2012
Gas Explosion at Opryland Hotel Leads to Evacuation of Thousands of Guests
Officials in Nashville say a gas explosion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center caused the evacuation of over 5,000 guests overnight, but no injuries were reported.
Capt. Ken Walburn of the Nashville Fire Department said the explosion was reported around 8:15pm Tuesday evening, and guests were allowed back into the hotel around 3 am Wednesday.
Walburn says it appeared there was a gas leak ignited in a mechanical room in the convention part of the hotel. He said no hotel guest rooms were affected, but it caused significant damage to an escalator, walls, and the ceiling.