DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Investigators said massive fire that caused more than $400,000 of damage at a Douglasville propane gas company Thursday night appears to be accidental.
Douglas County firefighters responded to the fire at Blossman Propane Gas around 8:30 p.m. after residents reported hearing the loud noises.
Video taken by resident David Smith captured a few of those explosions from a distance. His video also showed a towering column of smoke and fire in the distance.
On Friday, Douglas County spokesperson Rick Martin said that investigators agreed that it appeared to be accidental.
According to the release, a fuel air explosion occurred at ground level under an open-air pole barn propane transfer station.
At the time of the explosion, an employee was refilling 33-pound bottles on a flatbed truck from a 29,000 gallon tank. After the first explosion and the building began to burn, other bottles exploded, investigators said.
Investigators have ruled out cigarettes as a cause of the explosions.
"At this time, the potential for a static electric charge caused by human motion or positive pressure gas flow rapidly igniting fugitive propane cannot be ruled out," Martin said in a statement.
There were no injuries.
After the explosion, authorities closed a portion of roadway between Highway 78 and Gurley Road, and evacuated several nearby businesses.
Fire, Hwy 5 just south of Hwy 78. Hwy 5 closed btw Hwy 78 and Gurley Rd. Avoid the area.— Douglasville Police (@Douglasville_PD) November 3, 2017
The view from Hunter Park off Gurley Road showed flames leaping into the air above the tree line .
Hoping no one was injured @ Blossman pic.twitter.com/TB7hh6qmhZ— Whitney Abernathy (@waabernathy) November 3, 2017