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Clay County Sheriff describes being at a Nashville hotel during an explosion
More than 5,000 people were evacuated after a small explosion at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn, and, one Nebraska sheriff was right in the middle of the action.
Authorities say firefighters were called after an explosion occurred in a mechanical room near an exhibit hall.
Officials say the hotel sustained significant damage, but no injuries were reported.
Hotel management loaded guests onto buses where they were taken to the Grand Ole Opry until 4 a.m., while structural engineers examined the site to determine if it was safe to return.
Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin was at the Opryland Hotel for the National Sheriff's Convention, and says he was in his room when the explosion occurred.
"If this would have happened in the afternoon this would have been quite devastating," Franklin said. "There were a lot of children and a lot of officers that were out front where this explosion took place. It happened at a time where there weren't a lot of people there. Thank God for that."
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