SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Sevierville spokesperson confirmed an explosion took place at a chemical plant in the area on Thursday.
Sevierville Public Information Officer Bob Stahlke said emergency personnel responded to a reported explosion at Johnson Matthew Catalysts around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Residents and businesses within 1,000 feet of the building were advised to shelter in place . A voluntary evacuation of the same area was issued over concerns that a secondary explosion was possible.
Stahlke said that no one decided to evacuate. The shelter-in-place order and voluntary evacuation were rescinded later in the afternoon. No injuries have been reported.
Johnson Matthey officials said a nickel aluminum powder likely exploded and the fire was contained by their fire suppression system. Firefighters entered the buildings and extinguished any remaining hot spots.
Sevierville Fire Department inspectors are still investigating the cause of the explosion.
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Johnson Matthew Catalysts is a British multinational specialty chemicals and sustainable technologies company headquartered in London.