The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that 100,000 tonnes of recycling material is ablaze in Smethwick.
That equates to:
- Four HMS Ark Royals at 22,000 tonnes each
- 769 Boeing 747s
- More than 13 Eiffel Towers
Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya, says CCTV cameras nearby have picked up a Chinese lantern landing on the recycling plant on Dartmouth Road.
Northamptonshire's Arson Task Force is warning local residents about floating lanterns following the fire at a Smethwick recycling plant.
Around 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory is on fire in Smethwick.