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Explosion reported at Eastman in Kingsport

Explosion reported at Eastman in Kingsportā€

The facility was founded in 1920, and according to its website, produces "a broad range of chemicals, fibers and plastics found in products such as paint, adhesives, textiles, sports bottles, pharmaceuticals and medical devices".

According to WJHL, the Kingsport Health Department is closed for the rest of the day.

An advisory for near neighbors and most employees of the Eastman Chemical Company plant to "shelter in place" after a morning explosion there was lifted late Wednesday afternoon.

"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".

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation confirmed with News Channel 11's Sydney Cameron that they were notified of the incident at Eastman and that they are closely monitoring the situation. No one was injured. People were asked to stay indoors and turn off HVAC systems.

Police, fire and emergency crews responded to the incident, which was reported shortly after 10 a.m. local time.

No further details were immediately available.



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