HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — An explosion at a gas plant in Hickman County Friday morning forced people nearby to evacuate the area.
The explosion happened around 8:20 a.m. at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline/Kinder Morgan facility located at 2775 Highway 48 North in Nunnelly.
The explosion happened at one of the compressor buildings at the natural gas compressor station as a result of an equipment failure, according to Kinder Morgan. EMA Director Amanda Seigel said the explosion blew out the upper tier of the walls of the building.
One person experienced a medical emergency after the explosion and they were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Officials said everyone on site is OK and accounted for.
The Hickman County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating anyone within a one-mile radius. A two-mile air restriction has been put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration. A portion of the southbound lanes of Highway 48 in the immediate area is closed to traffic.
The Fairfield Church of Christ is currently open for anybody needing shelter for the evacuation in addition to the Nunnelly Community Center. An estimated 200 people are being evacuated.
Fire departments from multiple counties, including a Nashville Fire Department’s HAZMAT unit, have been called in to help assist with the situation.
Kinder Morgan reported the facility has been closed as a precaution. Kinder Morgan will investigate the cause of the explosion.