Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm. Online.

Attend a free virtual screening of the short, eye-opening new documentary film, Small Town Explosion: What Really Happened in East Palestine [OH]? followed by a Zoom Q&A with the filmmaker, Maya Lilly, Beyond Plastic’s Appalachia Director, Jess Conard, and Hilary Flint of Unity Council.


Created by The YEARS Project, Small Town Explosion shines a light on what happened when the small town of East Palestine, Ohio was shaken awake by a massive chemical train derailment last winter. Five of the Norfolk Southern train cars that derailed were carrying the chemical vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen that’s used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. Officials made the unfortunate decision to drain the vinyl chloride into a ditch and set it on fire, resulting in an enormous black plume of smoke. Shortly afterwards, residents began to feel sick and experience health problems that are ongoing, despite being told two days later that it was safe for them to come home.

This event is sponsored by Beyond Plastics, The YEARS Project, Unity Council, and OnlyOne.