Smethwick fire explained

Firefighters are advising recycling plants on how to store rubbish to prevent fires. It comes just two weeks after the biggest fire the West Midlands has ever seen. A Chinese lantern landed on thousands of tonnes of rubbish at a centre in Smethwick.

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Government to hold talks on Chinese lanterns

Talks are to be held on Chinese lanterns after Labour questioned if "absolutely nothing" was being done by the Government following a recycling plant blaze in Smethwick.

Smoke rises 6,000ft into the sky over the Birmingham skyline Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Fire Services believe a lantern floating above the Jayplas facility sparked a fire which ripped through 100,000 plastic bales and causing £6 million of damage.

Environment minister David Heath told the Commons that further talks are planned with the Department for Communities and Local Government to see what action can be taken.

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