News agencies around Nashville are reporting that there was some sort of an explosion Tuesday evening at the huge Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville. Apparently the incident was reported at about 8:30 last night. The reports are saying that there was minor explosion in the mechanical room near the Ryman exhibit.
The word on the street is about 500 sheriffs from around the country were attending a conference at the convention center. Didn’t this same thing happen in the Reno 911 movie??? I sure hope Lt. Jim Dangle was on site to make sure everyone was safe!
There was an explosion at approximately 8:15 p.m. this evening at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. While it is still early and the investigation is ongoing, authorities have said that the explosion appears to be mechanical in nature. There are no reported injuries at this time. The hotel is sold out and was full at the time of the incident. The entire hotel has been evacuated while authorities investigate the scene. The Nashville Fire Department, Nashville Police Department are on site and structural engineers are currently inspecting the building before guests and STARS (employees) are permitted reentry to the resort. Gas lines to the hotel have been turned off at this time. The hotel’s STARS are distributing water, sodas and snacks to the evacuated guests while they wait outside on the lawns. Additionally, the resort’s motor coaches have taken guests to the adjacent Grand Ole Opry House for refreshments and air conditioning while they wait. The authorities are working quickly to clear the facility for reentry.