Triggering Toxic Crisis: EPA Tests Unveil Release of Benzene and Hydrogen Cyanide in Indiana Plastics Fire
- 17-Apr-2023 4:37 PM
- Journalist: Patrick Knight
Indiana [US]: The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that a plastics fire in Indiana has released several harmful chemicals into the air, which includes Hydrogen Cyanide and Benzene as per the test results.
According to officials, the ground-level smoke was found to contain a range of hazardous substances, including hydrogen Cyanide, Benzene, Chlorine, Carbon Monoxide, and volatile organic compounds. These contaminants were detected by air monitors at the incident command post, which is located at the heart of the evacuation area.
According to latest findings, our team has recently discovered two previously undetected contaminants- Hydrogen Cyanide and Benzene. These compounds were not present before the previous night. Fortunately, the fire department was quick to respond and extinguish the hot spot, which helped to effectively contain the situation.
The safety of firefighters was the topmost priority when the EPA alerted the Richmond Fire Department about the detection of two hazardous compounds. The warehouse at the site of the fire contained an extensive quantity of shredded and bulk recycled plastic, resulting in ominous black smoke that spread over Richmond and nearby areas in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. In view of the potential health risks, officials at both local and federal levels issued a warning to the residents, cautioning them about the possible presence of cancer-causing toxins in the smoke emanating from burning plastic.