Report: Emergency Crews Responding to Chemical Explosion

October 04, 2017Oct 04, 2017

On Wednesday morning, emergency crews were dispatched when an explosion took place in Tennessee. The explosion was at a chemical plant at the Eastman Chemical Company. 

According to CBS, the manufacturing complex is located about 80 miles northeast of Knoxville on the border of Virginia. First responders arrived on scene shortly after the call and helped get employees to a safe area. The company later issued a warning for surrounding neighbors to remain indoors and turn off their air conditioning. 

The explosion occurred in the area of the plant that deals with coal gasification. Reports say that there was a "loud noise and visible plume."

Aerial footage shows the explosion, with the plumes rising far above the manufacturing site.

The company issued a statement and updates on their Facebook page. They said that employees are safe and sheltered and that those in surrounding neighborhoods should take caution. 

Later, after the emergency crew had responded, the company issued an update. 

They wrote, "Eastman has removed the precautionary shelter in place advisory Wednesday for its corporate campus and surrounding community, except for those within a one-half-mile radius of the intersection of John B. Dennis and Moreland Drive in Kinsport, and personnel inside the Kinsport plant perimeter."

"The shelter in place advisory was issued in an abundance of caution in response to a process upset in the coal gasification area of its Kingsport manufacturing site," they continued. "No injuries have been reported. The incident was reported to the proper regulatory authorities."

Eastman said that they should have an additional update at around 3 p.m. ET on whether or not the localized shelter current advisory will be lifted. 

Meanwhile, those in surrounding neighborhoods are becoming increasingly concerned that this explosion will have a negative impact on their health. 

Several Facebook users have commented on Eastman's posts, asking for more information. The main questions have been about which direction the vapors are traveling, whether or not evacuations are necessary, and why it took almost two hours to notify people on Facebook. 

No more information has been released on the long-term effects from this chemical plant explosion. We will continue to update as we receive information. For more breaking news, read our latest article about the reality TV star that was just arrested on a domestic abuse claim.

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