Chemical plant explosion in Charleston, TN

CHARLESTON, Tenn. (WATE) — I-75 in Bradley County has reopened after being closed in both directions due to a reported chemical plant explosion but traffic remains slow in the area.

Bradley County Emergency Management Agency said people should avoid the Charleston, Tenn. area.

Several citizens there have reported hearing sounds of an explosion and feeling the ground shake.

Bradley County Schools said they’re taking precautions by turning off their AC units to avoid contact with smoke in the air. School officials are asking that parents of children on buses 1, 3, 22, and 43 pick up their children at Ocoee Middle School.

A shelter in place warning has been lifted by Bradley County EMA.