Neighbors and BGFD react to fire/explosion call at Shelby Recycling

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Seven fire trucks from the Bowling Green Fire Department responded to a call of a fire and explosion on Power Street in Bowling Green Tuesday morning.

"We received a call right before 8 o'clock this morning that there was a small fire at Shelby Recycling," says Marlee Boenig with BGFD.

"We did send a truck out to head down this way to find out what was going on and as the truck was on its way, we received another call that there was an explosion, so we did knock out a full response to the area," she says.

As fire trucks were heading to the scene, neighbors were coming out of their houses to see what was going on.

"And just all of a sudden it was just a big explosion. It just shook the side of the house," says Adam Majors, who lives on Beauty Avenue.

"I come out here in the middle of the road and looked up that way," he says, pointing to a tree line across the street, "and it was just a tall black tunnel of smoke."

Maria Hernandez, another neighbor, says she was in her kitchen when her house started shaking. She tells 13 News it was so strong she thought someone had ran a car into the side of her home.

"And I thought somebody hit my house because it was moving from the ground up," Hernandez describes.

The neighbors stood outside and watched the smoke coming from the recycling yard.

"It [the smoke] was 15-20 feet wide and going straight up. And it started out just black as coal," says Majors.

"There was some refuse that was on fire. It did have some fuel in it. We're still not sure exactly what exploded, it could've been anything under pressure that happened to be in the pile," says Boenig, describing the scene at Shelby Recycling.

"I wasn't scared, but I was trying to figure out what happened because we have a little old lady here, kids over here," says Hernandez, pointing out various houses along the street.

"No one was hurt, thank goodness. We were glad to hear that, because it could've been much worse if someone had been closer to what actually exploded," adds Boenig.

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