NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said he still has questions about how the Opryland Hotel reacted after an explosion rocked the building last week.
On Tuesday, the Delta atrium shook after a malfunction led to an explosion inside a mechanical room near an elevator. There was damage and the hotel, which was fully booked, was evacuated. No one was seriously hurt.
Hall, who was there as part of the National Sheriff's Association Conference, said the blast was anything but minor. He was meeting at an area just above the blast.
On Newschannel 5 Plus' MorningLine Hall said he still wonders why it took 15 to 20 minutes before the people in his area received any guidance.
"I don't believe there was any information about what to do in the Delta section, that's hundreds and even thousands of people on one side. In my mind at the hotel it would have been very nice to have (someone say) "If you are in the Delta area you have to evacuate immediately," explained Hall.
The Opryland Hotel reports they do have a contingency plan for a number of emergencies and the action plans are rehearsed. In this case they say the plan was instrumental in evacuating 5,000 people in an orderly fashion.
A spokesperson says most of the repairs are finished. The hotel will be hosting a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday.