A large fire broke out at a chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey, with nearby residents urged to stay inside with their windows closed. One of the facilities burning reportedly has a major chlorine stockpile.
Despite warnings for local residents to stay inside, a large crowd of people – including young children – could be seen outside observing the flames.
The blaze, which was eventually upgraded to a 10-alarm fire, triggered evacuation of the nearby homes. The building reportedly collapsed onto itself under the flames. Photos from the scene show its scorched debris lightning up the night skies.
CBS News’ Nick Caloway reported, citing city Mayor Hector C. Lora that some 100,000 pounds of dangerous chemical substance – chlorine – were set aflame in the blaze.
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