Seven buildings destroyed in explosion at Pulaski County campground; no reports of injuries

PULASKI CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Everyone has been accounted for.


Seven buildings were destroyed in a possible explosion at Hidden Valley campground in Pulaski County.

Four other buildings were damaged.

There are no reports of injuries at this time. Fire officials are calling landowners to make sure they are all accounted for.

The fire is mostly out. Small embers are still burning. Dry conditions and leaves caused the fire to spread.

Small propane tanks and ammunition inside some of the explosions caused small explosions.

"And I heard a boom and I thought, gosh someone is hunting for deer and they're not supposed to be," said Becky Dalton, who works at the Lake Country General Store. " We could hear it still exploding and then I seen all of the black smoke."


Fire crews are responding to reports of an explosion at a campground near Claytor Lake. The explosion is reported at Hidden Valley campground, which is on Rakes Drive in Pulaski County.

Reporter Eamon O'Meara is now on the scene. He reports that State Park Road is open, but traffic is being kept off Rakes Drive. There are numerous fire crews at the campground. Emergency crews say the scene is not secure at this time. There are at least a dozen campers and buildings have been damaged. There is no word yet on any injuries.

Earlier, Eamon reported a large column of black smoke in the direction of the campground.

An employee at Lake Country General Store said she heard the explosion before 1:00 p.m. They heard several more explosions afterward.

Click here to see viewer video of the plume of smoke from Kayleigh Hall.

WDBJ7 will have more information as it becomes available.