Eastman’s Kingsport manufacturing site experiences steam line failure

Published 10:30 am Monday, January 31, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
KINGSPORT – The morning of Monday, January 31, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Eastman experienced a high-pressure steam line failure at their Kingsport manufacturing site resulting in vibrations that were felt by the surrounding community and loud noises from a consistent heavy release of steam.
Five people on-site experienced minor injuries and received treatment from Eastman Medical or at Holston Valley Medical Center.
There was no fire and the initial incident is now under control. Eastman’s Fire Department responded to the call with assistance from Kingsport Fire Department.
Eastman will continue to gather information and provide details to our team members and the community as quickly as possible. These are current updates:
  • The high-pressure steam line failure was on the northeast side of the manufacturing site. This resulted in power outages to some portions of the site.
  • Per safety processes, personnel in that area of the plant and surrounding areas were held in place.
  • The steam line failure that resulted in loud noises and vibrations also caused the release of small particle debris that can occur with utility line disruptions. This may be seen in the immediate community near the site. Eastman Public Affairs will provide updates through our Community Care Line: 423-229-CARE.

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