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Friday, September 16, 2011

Chemical Fire Chokes Australian City Suburb - 16th Sept 2011

Around 100 people have been evacuated in Canberra as firefighters battled a huge chemical fire at a factory.

Locals reported 20 to 30 explosions, huge plumes of toxic smoke, fireballs and flames leaping hundreds of metres into the air.

The blaze, which could be seen from several miles away, closed roads, saw bus services cancelled and schools shut.

Officials warned people within a six-mile radius of the industrial suburb of Mitchell in the Australian capital to stay indoors and keep windows sealed.

Witnesses said homes shook and windows rattled with some residents thinking the city was being bombed.

"I woke up because the house was shaking," Lucy Brown, 19, told the Canberra Times.

"At first I thought it was an earthquake and then I thought it was a bombing."

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Emergency Services Authority (ESA) said the fire was producing acrid black smoke plumes that could contain phosgene, which can cause irritation to skin and eyes, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and chest pain. Read More