Health officials are assessing explosion’s health impacts


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s been a little more than a month since a gas explosion in Lincoln County.

One major concern in the aftermath of the explosion is the health impact of people living near the explosion site.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local health officials are interviewing people who live in the area to see if they are experiencing health problems.

Brian Wade lives very close to where the explosion happened and since that day he says things that never bothered him before are bothering him now.

“Loud noises bother you, bright lights, loud noises, especially sudden loud noises if they come from behind you,” said Brian Wade.

Wade says he’s dealing with new problems. He thinks he has an upper respiratory problem because he’s coughing a lot and has breathing issues.

For two weeks, the health department will be doing interviews with people who live within a half mile of the explosion site. Wade says he’s already talked to them and he hopes something comes of it.

The health department will be doing interviews everyday from about 1 p.m. – 7 p.m until September 20.

The health department says once its done interviewing people, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will determine what action needs to be taken next.

The health department says it’s urging anyone who’s experiencing health problems to go to their doctor.