UPDATE: Eastman trying to get some operations back online following blast


Officials at Eastman Chemical Company announced Thursday that they are continuing to assess what happened leading up to and the eventual series of explosions at a coal gasification plant on its Kingsport property.

Company leaders said they are developing a plan to repair that particular plant while areas that were shut down during Wednesday's event are "making good progress toward resuming normal operations."

Eastman also thanked first responders and other community members for quick their response and understanding following the blast. Some portions of their operations remain idle of out caution, the report said.

Only minor injuries were reported by the company- one of the largest employers in the state of Tennessee.

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