M1 in Nottinghamshire reopens after chemical fire

A section of the M1 in Nottinghamshire has reopened after being closed because of chemical fumes from a nearby fire.

The motorway was closed between junctions 26 and 28 amid concerns that visibility could be affected.

The fumes were produced by a fire in a stationary container on an industrial estate in Park Lane, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Nottinghamshire Police advised people living nearby to remain inside with their windows and doors shut.

'Blocked off'

Selston resident Sean Scothern was among those told to stay inside.

"My son, who is 14, was at the skate park but they told him to come back home," he said.

"Everywhere seems to be blocked off and all the police had masks on."

Police closed the motorway in both directions between junctions 27 and 28 at 18:30 GMT.

The closure was briefly extended to junction 26 before the entire stretch was reopened at about 20:15 GMT.

The Highways Agency expected traffic to return to normal from about 22:15 GMT.

The chemical in the container was calcium oxide, also known as quicklime.

The fire began when the container overheated, but firefighters could not use water to extinguish the flames and decided to let the fire burn itself out.

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