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Smethwick recycling plant fire: CCTV shows lantern landing

CCTV footage showing a Chinese lantern landing at a recycling plant in the West Midlands before a huge fire started has been released.

At its height, about 200 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic material in Smethwick.

The fire at the Jayplas depot started late on Sunday. West Midlands Fire Service has since called for stricter guidelines on who can be licensed to use the Chinese lanterns.

Steve Vincent, from the fire service, said firefighters had to battle against intense heats to deal with the fire.

  • 02 Jul 2013
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