Gas company says ‘technical issue’ caused explosion at Selma’s convention center

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM CDT
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SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - A natural gas company has confirmed that damage caused to the Selma Convention Center when it exploded Monday evening was the result of a technical issue that occurred while it was performing work.

A spokesperson for Spire told WSFA 12 News on Wednesday that “a technical issue created a high-pressure situation and subsequent damage to the center.”

Spire said it would “do what’s right to resolve the situation,” adding that safety is a “core value” and that it’s “dedicated to maintaining safe and reliable natural gas infrastructure fueling homes and businesses throughout Alabama.”

The explosion took place around 6:30 p.m. and caused extensive structural damage to the building, particularly to the convention center’s ballroom and kitchen.

It could be felt at nearby city hall.

“Was a huge boom, huge boom. You could feel the the room where we were standing which is some 50 to maybe 75 or 100 feet away from where the explosion took place. You could feel the actual concussion from the blast,” said Selma City Attorney Major Madison Jr.

There were no injuries reported.

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