Betty Payne, Eastman Chemical Company Corporate Communications spokeswoman, said Friday afternoon “steam venting” occurred at the plant.
“We had some steam venting occur earlier this afternoon that caused a loud noise,” Payne said. “Neighbors near the site most likely heard that. As you know, venting of steam and steam clouds are normal parts of our operations and are no cause for concern.”
One person emailed the Kingsport Times News about a loud noise from 1:25 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. near the brick smoke stakes at Eastman, while a caller reported what sounded like low-flying airplanes going from the Cedar Grove area of Bloomingdale toward Ketron Middle School from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. but they were not visible on the day of low clouds. Bloomingdale is north/northeast from Kingsport. A Tri-Cities Airport employee said no military “touch and go” practice flights or other flight activities took place in the region Friday.