As I've reported several times tonight (here and here), there was damage to the Opryland Hotel in Nashville after an explosion from an unknown cause occured on Tuesday evening. The important thing is that no one was hurt, although 5000 people did have to be evacuated.
Here's a statement from the hotel that's just been released:
There was an explosion at approximately 8:15 p.m. this evening at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. While it is still early and the investigation is ongoing, authorities have said that the explosion appears to be mechanical in nature. There are no reported injuries at this time. The hotel is sold out and was full at the time of the incident. The entire hotel has been evacuated while authorities investigate the scene. The Nashville Fire Department, Nashville Police Department are on site and structural engineers are currently inspecting the building before guests and STARS (employees) are permitted reentry to the resort. Gas lines to the hotel have been turned off at this time. The hotel's STARS are distributing water, sodas and snacks to the evacuated guests while they wait outside on the lawns. Additionally, the resort's motor coaches have taken guests to the adjacent Grand Ole Opry House for refreshments and air conditioning while they wait. The authorities are working quickly to clear the facility for reentry.
If anyone reading this was there and has video or photos they'd like to share, I'd love to check it out.
UPDATE: Check out amazing video from right after the explosion here.
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