Mystery Blast Rattles South Church Street Area of Murfreesboro

Dec 3, 2013


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A loud explosion yesterday evening had Murfreesboro residents flooding emergency phones lines with calls and puzzled firefighters searching for the source of the blast.

City officials say the calls started pouring in from the South Church street area around 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters eventually tracked the disturbance to the area along the Stones River behind the Pillsbury and Yoplait plants off Butler Drive.

It turns out that a contractor installing new water and sewer lines along the river were doing some blasting. The Robert and Cassie Blasting company reported that it set off charges without using the cover frequently used to contain such blasts.

No one was injured and after an initial investigation, Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett said the contractor appeared to have taken all appropriate safety measures.

However, a representative of nearby Kloeckner (cloak-ner) Metals told authorities the blast really rattled the Butler drive business and claimed debris may have caused some damage there.

The Murfreesboro Fire Department says it will continue to investigate.