A chemical plant fire in New Jersey sent noxious smoke billowing into the air near Newark — and officials urged residents to shut their windows to avoid the smoke.
The fire broke out at the plant directly underneath the Pulaski Skyway in South Kearny soon after 11 p.m., authorities said. It continued to burn into Saturday morning.
The smoke was so thick that the NYC Office of Emergency Management warned New Yorkers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island may see or smell the smoke.
The Skyway was closed in both directions into Saturday morning, with emergency responders helping stranded drivers on the bridge, ABC reported.
In Newark, officials urged residents to close their windows.
“[Newark Public Safety Director Anthony] Ambrose recommends that people in impacted areas keep windows and doors shut and stay inside,” the Newark Department of Public Safety wrote on Facebook.
“Newark firefighters are helping battle the blaze under the Pulaski Skyway near Newark’s Ironbound section,” they added.
Officials in Bayonne, New Jersey, also urged residents to stay inside with their windows shut.