Smethwick

West Midland firefighters tackling a large blaze at J & A Young’s recycling plant in Smethwick. Reports state that more than 150 firefighters and 35 fire appliances are still tackling the blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material sending a plume of smoke 6,000ft into the air.

John McNaughton/EPA/West Midlands Fire Service

West Midland firefighters tackle a large blaze that started Sunday night at J&A Young’s recycling plant in Smethwick, near Birmingham, UK, and which was still burning on Monday. The fire was apparently started by a Chinese lantern that fell onto the site and set alight 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material, sending a plume of smoke 6,000ft into the air. Read more