NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A gas line explosion forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents in the Bordeaux area overnight.
The 16-inch pipeline ruptured around 1 a.m. Thursday on Clarksville Pike at the intersection of Ashland City Highway. The explosion released 600 pounds of pressure, shooting off debris in the roadway and nearby businesses.
"When we got to the scene, the first Hazmat unit got almost to Ashland City Highway, and the road was actually vibrating. They immediately just backed out. We never, ever saw the pipeline," said Nashville Fire Chief Ricky Taylor.
As the gas levels increased in the area, police and firefighters went door-to-door asking approximately 500 to 800 residents in a half mile radius to evacuate.
They were allowed to go back home within a couple of hours.
The building of Church of Jesus Christ and some vehicles at Jordan Auto Sales suffered some damage from the explosion. There were no injuries.
Crews from Piedmont Natural Gas were working to repair the line.
Clarksville Pike was closed, but re-opened around 5 a.m.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)