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State Fire Marshal Shuts Down Company Over Explosive Storage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state fire marshal shut down a company for the way it stored explosives.

The blasting company allegedly didn't lock up and secure thousands of pounds of explosives.

When the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a random inspection earlier this week the agency found different violations at the site run by GTI South. The company handles explosives used for construction work.

Company officials and investigators did not give details about what was found.

General Manager Mark Crank said the company cleared up all the problems.  It reopened and will use the incident as a lesson.

"We want to make sure we're doing everything right in full compliance with the law," he said.

Crank said when working construction safety is always the top priority.

"We are a very safety conscious company," Crank said.  "In our industry we can't afford not to be safe."

He said a recent safety breakdown at the company's west Davidson County storage site has the company in hot water with the ATF and the state fire marshal.

"They found some security issues they had some concerns about," Crank said.

Sources told NewsChannel 5 those issues involved several major violations during a surprise visit.

The gate to the site was unlocked and keys to containers holding about 16,000 pounds of explosive materials were left unguarded.

The people who destroyed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995 only used about 5,000 pounds of explosives.

"First time I've ever heard about it," said Kristy McCall, who lives near the site.

She said it scares her to think what could have happened if the wrong person acquired the materials.

"Oh yeah, definitely," she said.

An ATF spokesman said that although the company has been allowed to re-open the site, the investigation continues.

The company plans to increase worker training to ensure this doesn't happen again. Investigators did not disclose if any materials were taken from the site.

There is a possibility the company could receive a major fine for the violations.

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