Officials Explain Explosion In Franklin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Officials in Franklin said what was originally thought to be a planned explosion at the rock quarry off of Downs Boulevard was actually the detonation of dangerous material.

Many residents in Franklin reported hearing the loud explosion around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Officials with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said a military ordnance was found at a home in Nolensville. It was reported to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff's office contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew to investigate. They determined the ordnance was an old military ammunition shell and further contacted Fort Campbell's EOD unit for its destruction.

Local law enforcement and military officials safely destroyed the ordnance late Thursday night.

Authorities with the Franklin Police Department said it was done “in the interest of public safety.”

Further details were not immediately available.

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