Jared Drive in Kingsport reopens after Eastman incident

At least two explosion rocked Eastman's coal gasification plant in Kingsport last Wednesday. The company says there were no injuries and no impact to health or the environment.

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – The City of Kingsport reports a section of Jared Drive reopened this afternoon.

The road had been closed for a week, and was shut down at the request of Eastman Chemical, after a pair of explosions shook the company last Wednesday.

According to a Kingsport spokesperson, a most recent traffic count on Jared Drive showed almost 8,000 average daily trips in 2015.

As we reported on last Friday, Eastman said in a federal incident report an equipment failure in the coal gasification area led to the release of a small amount of Hydrogen Sulfide that never left the plant and posed no risk to the public or environment, according to Eastman.

Our camera captured a large explosion at Eastman Wednesday, which followed a smaller explosion. An Eastman spokesperson confirmed it was the first explosion that resulted in the release of Hydrogen Sulfide.

Eastman estimated the disruption will cost the company between $50 million and $100 million in operating earnings.

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