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Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Blasting near Butler Drive alarms residents

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Emergency dispatchers were flooded Monday afternoon with conflicting calls concerning an explosion.

The calls began just after 4 p.m. from callers located all over south Murfreesboro, including from residents of Mohican Court in Indian Hills to the people in the area of the railroad tracks and the Pillsbury plant.
 
Numerous crews from the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department and three assistant fire marshals immediately responded to the area to try to confirm the location and nature of the incident, officials said.
 
"The incident was finally tracked to an area along the Stones River, where a licensed blasting contractor from Gladeville, Tenn., the Robert and Cassie Blasting Company, was blasting for a new Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department sewer line," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department.

"The area in question was behind the Pillsbury and Yoplait plants off Butler Drive," she said.
 
Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett said the company pulled its first shot, more commonly known as a breaking shot, and did not have a cover on it.

Bartlett said that where company workman were blasting in such an isolated area it was not necessary to have the shot covered.

However, employees of Kloeckner Metals, located at 650 Butler Drive, are claiming that the blast shook the building and that debris may have also caused some damage.
 
Robert Spickard, a representative from the blasting company, inspected the area to determine if any debris reached outside the area of the blast and could not confirm whether it had left the blasting site, McDonald said.
 
Bartlett said, “The company was far away enough from everything that not using a cover should not have been an issue."

"They do not appear to have done anything wrong,” Bartlett said, referring to employees of the blasting company. 

Bartlett also said that the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office monitors blasting in Rutherford County and mentioned that they will most likely conduct some type of investigation into the matter.
 
No one was injured during the incident and Fire Department crews have cleared the scene.

 

-- Marie Kemph, mkemph@murfreesboropost.com

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