Recycling Industry

Fire fighters tackle a large blaze at a recycling centre in Smethwick. Photo: Reuters

Chinese lantern causes huge blaze at British recycling plant

More than 200 firefighters fought a major blaze at a recycling plant in Britain yesterday after a Chinese lantern set 100,000 tonnes of paper and plastic alight. Ten firefighters suffered minor injuries as they battled the fire at the plant in Smethwick, just outside Birmingham in central England, the local fire department said. The blaze sent a massive plume of smoke rising 1,800 metres into the sky which could be seen for miles around.