What appeared to be an explosion has a local plant shut down until early next week.
Wednesday afternoon, June 1 around 3:30 p.m. there was a rupture in one of the lines of an air storage-tank at Leggett and Plant, INC. that caused the outside wall to push out.
“It was not really an explosion,” said Plant Manager Barry Embry. “It was more like a big balloon popping. There was suddenly a lot of air pressure in the room.
“The wall is designed to push out like it did so that the roof is not affected. No one was hurt, and we are grateful for that.”
Embry also reported that no emergency responders were called to the scene because there really was not a need.
“Everything worked like it should have, and we are now just trying put things back together and open the plant back up for business,” said Embry.
The Kentucky Boiler Inspector visited the scene but has not yet issued a report.
Embry said the age of the line was the reason it burst.
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.