Eastman Chemicals Company has put out a statement saying that it has removed the previously installed precautionary shelter within its half mile radius. It stated that people living within the vicinity of its factory can restart all normal activities. It said that the company appreciates the cooperation it has received from the community and neighbors. Eastman said that every precaution is taken so that employee safety is ensured. Site neighbors will also be kept safe. The Kingsport police have heeded the call. Arrangements are being made to reopen the surrounding roads. It is to be noted that Jared Drive will remain closed for the remainder of the night.
Eastman Chemicals admitted to a process upset around 10 in the morning in the coal gasification area of the Kingsport manufacturing site. This accident resulted in a visible plume and high decibel noise. It stated that plant employees are presently sheltered and appropriate personnel are working at a fast pace to secure the immediate area. It advised that people living near the factory should follow the same procedure as well. This entails staying inside the house and turning off HVAC system.
The Eastman Chemicals Company suffered an accidental explosion on the morning of October 4. According to Tom Patton, Public Information Officer of the Kingsport Police Department, a few sections of Jared Drive, John B. Dennis Highway, and Lincoln Street will be closed. The Public Information Officer declined to state the reason why officials of the Eastman company wanted police officials at the accident scene.
The company, in its communication sent through email, stated that there was an upset in the process at the coal gasification area. The press release stated that there were no injuries outside First Aid concerns. The company assured the readers that all safety protocols are in place. It is trying to find out the core cause and also assess any impact this incident can make on its business and operations as well.
Jim Wozniak, the Director of Wellmont Media Relations, said that the Holston Valley Medical Center did not receive any private citizens who came into harm due to this incident. Even then, Kingsport police have announced that as a precautionary measure, residents living within a quarter mile of the factory have been asked to visit the shelter. The police have reassured the residents that hazardous chemicals were not released due to this explosion.