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Photos of the Birmingham recycling plant fire sparked by a ‘lucky’ Chinese lantern

by | 1st, July 2013

A CHINESE lantern is thought to have triggered the West Midlands’ biggest ever fire. The symbol of romance lanced on a recycling plant in Smethwick, Birmingham. It set alight 100,000 tonnes of plastic.

Eleven firefighters have been hurt.

Steve Vincent, from West Midlands Fire Service, tells us:

“A Chinese lantern was spotted on CCTV floating across and into the site and starting a fire in plastic bales.”

As this shop says:

Authentic Chinese Sky Lanterns or Flying Chinese Lanterns have been used for thousands of years and traditionally released to bring good luck and prosperity.

Firefighters during a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze at the plastics recycling plant.

 

 

 

 

A firefighter uses a hydraulic platform during a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze at the plastics recycling plant.

A view from the Tividale area of the West Midlands, of rising smoke from a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze at the plastics recycling plant.

Firefighters during a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze at the plastics recycling plant. birmingham fire 5 birmingham fire 4 Firefighters during a fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham, as more than 200 firefighters tackle a blaze at the plastics recycling plant. birmingham fire 2 birmingham fire 1



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