Community seeks answers after paint factory explosion in Columbus

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Damage is seen following an overnight explosion at the Yenkin-Majestic paint plant on Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. One person was killed and several others were injured in an explosion and fire Thursday at the paint manufacturer’s plant in the Ohio capital, firefighters said. Authorities in Columbus were investigating the cause of the explosion shortly after midnight at the paint factory. (Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After an explosion rocked the Yenkin-Majestic paint plant on East Leonard Avenue in April, killing one person, the neighborhood surrounding the plant wants answers.

On Monday, community leaders will speak publicly about the impact of the blast on the fabric of people’s homes, including shattered windows, shattered foundations and poison gas, as well as other complaints.

The community would like answers to several questions, according to a press release from the Shepard Community Association. There will be an update on the Ohio EPA investigation, the process regarding insurance claims and resident compensation, and next steps with Yenkin-Majestic.

The Shepard Community Association and the North Central Area Commission (NCAC) are
supported by Representative Dontavius ​​Jarrells, Ohio House of Representatives (D-25).

They asked Yenkin-Majestic Liaison Mo Wright and Andrew Smith, CEO of Yenkin-Majestic to appear, answer questions and provide their response to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the city of
Columbus and Franklin County following statements from area / community leaders, according to the press release.

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