A huge blaze broke out at a factory that makes plastic containers for car batteries in southern Italy’s Avellino, Friday.
Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing from the plant, where around 100 firefighters were battling the blaze.
Residents in the surrounding area were advised to stay indoors and keep their windows shut, while employees in nearby factories were permitted to leave the plants for safety reasons.
No casualties were reported, but it is not yet clear whether any toxic chemicals were released in the fire. The local prefect declared a state of emergency and summoned the emergency coordination centre dedicated to responding to potential threats posed by toxic smoke.