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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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Retailer to stop selling Chinese lanterns

The lantern can be seen appearing in the top right corner Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The retailer Poundland has confirmed it will stop selling Chinese lanterns. The decision comes after it was revealed a Chinese lantern started a major fire at a recycling plant in Smethwick in Birmingham earlier this week.

The company has said it has also recalled all its stock of Chinese lanterns from its stores.

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