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Update: Eastman says fire photos circulating social media from Texas, not Kingsport facility

January 24th, 2013 10:55 am by staff report

UPDATE: 4:12 p.m.


Earlier today, Eastman reported a steam release at its Kingsport facility, occurring late Wednesday night. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the exact timing of the release was at 10:37 p.m., not approximately 9:00 p.m. as previously stated.  


Also, we have since learned that a photo circulating through social media of what appears to be a fire at the Kingsport site is in fact an image of the Austin, Texas, Decker Lake Power Plant, which was taken in January, 2010. We can confirm that there has not been a fire or an explosion at the Kingsport site.


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Eastman Chemical Company reports a photo circulating through social media depicting a fire, claiming it's at the Kingsport facility, is not true.


At approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Eastman had a steam release at one of its powerhouses. Despite causing a loud noise, it caused no disruption to operations.


Eastman officials says they've learned a photo circulating through social media appears to show a fire at the Kingsport site. While unable to determine the origin of the photo, Eastman confirms that there has not been a fire or an explosion at the Kingsport site.

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