A factory in Kearny, New Jersey which manufactures chlorine and other disinfectants, suffered a catastrophic fire last night, with local authorities in nearby Jersey City, Hoboken and New York City ordering residents to stay inside and close their windows. Now, authorities are quietly saying the fire was no accident and are looking at whether Iran or its proxies intended to cause a massive release of Chlorine Gas to murder tens-of-thousands in northern New Jersey and New York City?
Late Friday night, when the blaze broke out at the Alden Leads chemical company on Jacobus Avenue in Kearny, officials from Kearny, Bayonne, Hoboken and Newark all urged residents in their towns to remain inside their homes and to keep their windows closed because huge plumes of smoke were drifting over the region.
Some smoke also drifted over parts of Staten Island in New York.
The large fire at a chlorine chemical plant in Hudson County continues to burn Saturday and although it is under control, authorities have kept the Pulaski Skyway (Truck Routes 1 & 9) closed in both directions and continue to test the air quality to ensure the air is safe to breathe.
During the early-morning hours on Saturday, local residents in several towns and cities were urged to remain indoors because of the potential danger from chemical fumes.
If you are outside and you smell smoke, go back inside,” Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said in an interview with ABC7 in New York at about 7:30 a.m.
Another representative of the Kearny Fire Department said the blaze is under control, but there still are some hot spots burning at the chemical plant. Some local streets remain closed, as of 8:20 a.m., and the Pulaski Skyway remains closed.
As of 10:10 a.m. SaturdayKearny police say it is now safe for residents in their town to open their windows or go outside.
“In Kearny, there’s no air quality issue,” said town police Lt. Charles Smith. “We have a hazmat unit out testing the air.”
Smith said the wind appears to be blowing toward Newark and Jersey City, so officials in those cities will have to determine if the air is safe in that region. As of 10:10 a.m., the Pulaski Skyway remained closed to traffic, along with truck Route 1 and 9 and some local streets in South Kearny, Smith said.