Video: Nasa satellite picks up Leeds recycling fire

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Pictures of smoke from a huge fire at a recycling plant near Leeds has been picked up on a Nasa satellite, it has emerged.

People living near the blaze at the plant in Sherburn-in-Elmet have been advised to keep windows closed after up to 15,000 tonnes of material, including tyres, caught light.

North Yorkshire Police said the smoke was heading across the moors and towards the east coast, and because the plume was high in the sky the risk of harm to the public was low.

In a Nasa satellite image, pictured above, a column of smoke could be seen towering into the sky and rising above the cloudy skies over Yorkshire.

A spokesman for Public Health England said: “It is unlikely that there will be any impact on groundwater and there are no drinking water abstractions downstream of the site.”

He added: “Any residents who can smell the smoke are advised to stay inside, and close all windows and doors.”

Public Health England said there had been no reports of any people experiencing ill effects, adding: “However, sheltering indoors provides protection from exposure to smoke, so we advise residents in areas stay indoors.”


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