No injures or chemical release reported from Eastman explosion

No injures or chemical release reported from Eastman explosion

No injures or chemical release reported from Eastman explosion

Officials from the Eastman Chemical Company said that no injuries were reported beyond those requiring only first aid.

Eastman's Kingsport manufacturing site was founded in 1920 and produces chemicals and other products used in paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals and more.

According to Eastman, a "process upset" near a part of the plant that deals with coal gasification caused the "loud noise and visible plume".

Residents who live near the Eastman Chemical Plant in Kingsport are being told to shelter in place following an explosion, according to a release on the company's website.

Eastman told employees and neighbors to shelter in place, adding that those nearby should turn off their HVAC systems. The incident was reported to the proper regulatory authorities. More information will be updated on Eastman.com, the Eastman Care line and local media.

Emergency crews responded to a reported explosion at a chemical plant in Eastman Chemical Company in Tennessee, CBS affiliate WJHL-TV reports.

A person on WCYB's Facebook page shared a photo of the explosion from Cave's Drug Store, saying it "shook our building like an natural disaster twice".

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