UPDATE | TVA confirms lightning strike fire near Douglas Dam

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KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority says there does not appear to have been an explosion near Douglas Dam in Sevier County, despite initial reports that a lightning strike burst an oxygen tank in the area.

TVA confirms lightning struck near a liquid oxygen tank, creating a fire along a feed pipe between the tank and the dam. The tank is used as part of the dam's oxygenation system to help maintain high water quality.

Local fire officials ordered an evacuation in a one-mile radius of the dam that included TVA campground facilities.

The tank was shut off and appears to have limited the pipe fire. Officials say the dam structure and powerhouse were not involved and there was no threat to the safety of the dam.

08/20/14 - 11:28PM

An evacuation order has been lifted after lightning hit a pure oxygen tank near Douglas Dam in Kodak.

No injuries are reported.

08/20/14 - 08:20PM

A one mile radius is being evacuated in Sevier County after a oxygen tank exploded earlier Wednesday night.

According to TVA officials, say at about 7:45 p.m., a 25,000 gallon tank exploded about 1/4 mile from Douglas Dam after a lightning strike.

No injuries have been reported. Several roads are closed.

TVA officials say they do not use the the tank for the dam or electricity. Officials say they use the tank to pump liquid oxygen in the water to increase oxygen in the water.

Officials say the evacuations are just a precaution and no one is in immediate danger.

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