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City Of Shelbyville Taking Over Cleanup After Explosion

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by Jason Lamb

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Days after a massive explosion and fire at a Shelbyville oil company that rocked the downtown streets, the city has now taken over cleanup efforts.

That's after Shelbyville officials said clean up crews hired by the Southern Energy oil company weren't moving fast enough.

The worry is the weather -- Shelbyville Public Works crews say rain headed to the area on Friday could mix with contaminated water near the site of the fire, forcing some of it into the Duck river.

So now, city-hired crews are pumping 250,000 gallons of water out of the basin.  The crews say that's the first step in a process that will likely take a week or two to complete, including the removal and replacement of contaminated soil around the site of the fire.

The Duck river feeds into Bedford county's water supply, but the city says the water will be safe to drink.

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