USA Ammunition Plant Fire

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Published Friday, January 4, 2019

Parts of Holston Army Ammunition Plant are up and running after an explosion at the plant was felt across the area on Thursday. "Portions of the plant are operational," HAAP told News Channel 11 Thursday night.

The blast, which happened just before noon, was related to a fire that started about four hours earlier.

According to a Joint Munitions Command spokesperson, an alarm sounded around 8 a.m. indicating a fire inside a building containing explosives.

On-site emergency crews responded to the scene and secured the burning building.

Since the fire was in a building containing explosives, plant officials decided to let the building burn instead of risking the lives of emergency responders.

Officials at the installation say explosions may be heard due to the controlled burn, but there is no risk for safety to the public. According to the plant, the fire is still burning as of Thursday night.

Following the explosion, a long line of cars was seen leaving the area of the plant. HAAP officials told News Channel 11 on Thursday afternoon, "at the time of the incident employees in the immediate area of the building were evacuated to designated on-site safe havens.

There was no mandatory evacuation ordered and there were no evacuations outside of the installation."

News Channel 11 was told the building will be a complete loss after it burns to the ground.

According to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokesperson, Kim Schofinski, "TDEC has been notified of the incident and we have been in contact with local responders throughout the day."

Barry Brickey, with Kingsport Fire Department, says firefighters were on standby just in case BAE needs assistance.

Fire trucks were seen leaving the plant around 3 p.m. BAE, which operates the plant, has its own fire department at the installation.
Source: DORRIS

USA Ammunition Plant Fire Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: Fire
Response: Evacuate
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Injured: 1

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