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a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the plastics recycling plant. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 1, 2013. West Midlands Fire Service said it had more than 35 appliances at the scene of the blaze in Dartmouth Road.  Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at around 11pm last night. Nearby residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: ÒWe are currently dealing with a very large and dramatic recycling fire in Smethwick. ÒDue to the intensity of the fire, the smoke plume is rising 6,000ft into the air, which may affect air travel.Ó  See PA story FIRE Recycling. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire 



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Handout photo issued by West Midlands Fire Service of a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the plastics recycling plant. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 1, 2013. West Midlands Fire Service said it had more than 35 appliances at the scene of the blaze in Dartmouth Road. Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at around 11pm last night. Nearby residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: ÒWe are currently dealing with a very large and dramatic recycling fire in Smethwick. ÒDue to the intensity of the fire, the smoke plume is rising 6,000ft into the air, which may affect air travel.Ó See PA story FIRE Recycling. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Handout photo issued by West Midlands Fire Service of a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the plastics recycling plant. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 1, 2013. West Midlands Fire Service said it had more than 35 appliances at the scene of the blaze in Dartmouth Road. Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at around 11pm last night. Nearby residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: ÒWe are currently dealing with a very large and dramatic recycling fire in Smethwick. ÒDue to the intensity of the fire, the smoke plume is rising 6,000ft into the air, which may affect air travel.Ó See PA story FIRE Recycling. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Emergency services have called for restrictions or bans on Chinese lanterns after one of the devices started a major fire involving 100,000 tons of plastic recycling material at a factory in the West Midlands.

Around 200 firefighters fought the blaze in Smethwick, which caused up to £6m of damage and sent thick plumes of smoke 6,000ft into the air.

CCTV footage showed a lantern landing on the plastic stacks in the factory which caught alight in eight minutes.

The paper lanterns fly gently after being lit, often for miles. Farmers say that they can set fire to barns and kill cows who try to eat them when they land.

The Chief Fire Officers' Association has urged an "urgent review" into the use of Chinese lanterns.

Firefighters were called out at 11.19pm on Sunday to the J&A Young recycling plant. The blaze required 35 fire engines. Two firefighters were taken to hospital and eight treated by ambulance staff.

Belfast Telegraph


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