Natural gas blamed for explosion at Selma community center

Alabama News

(Courtesy/District Attorney Michael Jackson)

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

SELMA, Ala. (WIAT/AP) — UPDATE: An explosion that damaged Selma’s city convention center is being blamed on a natural gas problem.

The Selma Times-Journal reports that Mayor James Perkins Jr. told a City Council meeting on Tuesday that Spire has accepted responsibility for the explosion. The blast on Monday dislodged bricks and left cracks in walls at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center.

A news outlet reports that the company blamed the blast on a technical problem that occurred while work was being performed.

No one was hurt, and the mayor says it’s a good thing no on was inside.

ORIGINAL: On Monday night, the Selma Convention Center sustained damage due to an explosion, according to District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Around 6:30 p.m., a city councilor and Selma mayor James Perkins, Jr. were working at City Hall when the explosion happened. It shook City Hall and caused damage to the roof and side of the Convention Center.

Jackson told CBS 42 that the cause of the explosion is unknown but is being investigated by the Selma Police Department and Selma Fire Marshall.

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