VIDEO: Richmond scrap metal fire leads to air quality concerns

 

RICHMOND (KRON) — A scrap metal fire, which led to shelter-in-place orders in Richmond on Tuesday night, is leading to air quality concerns.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District responded to the fire at the Sims Metal Management facility.

Four inspectors with the Air District visited the scene to help first responders.

Inspectors measured high levels of “particulate matter” from the burning metals and plastics.

Heavy smoke from the fire impacted neighborhoods near the incident, as shelter-in-place orders were issued. Low wind allowed the smoke to settle into the neighborhoods, officials said.

Inspectors say they will conduct air quality tests and investigate potential air quality violations.

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