Officials confirm silo explosion rocked Valdosta, authorities investigate

Officials confirm silo explosion rocked Valdosta, authorities investigate
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - People in Valdosta were startled by a loud boom shortly after 1:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Fire officials confirm that an explosion did happen.

They flew a drone up to the top of a 100-foot tall silo at South Georgia Pecan Company in Valdosta to make sure there were no flames.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

No injuries were reported from the explosion.

It happened near Lee Street and Wooding Lane in Valdosta.

The Valdosta Police Department and Fire Department both responded.

The streets were blocked off here for several hours to maintain a perimeter around the scene.

"We don't know the actual cause, it's still under investigation, they are investigating right now making sure everything is safe so that there may not be another explosion," said James Klinkscales, VFD.

Many nearby businesses reported damage to their buildings.

"It felt like somebody ran into the building, and it was like a domino effect boom, boom, boom carrying all the way through downtown Valdosta," said Antonio Carter, Co-owner of Ciao Bella.

"One of my customers came running he said come out I said what happened - just come out, and you see our glass broken," said Sadarangani Prem, Owner of Looking Good Clothing store.

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