Greenpeace warns Beirut fire smoke could be ‘toxic’

Greenpeace warned residents in Lebanon’s capital Thursday to protect themselves against “toxic” smoke after a huge fire broke out in a Beirut port warehouse said to be storing tyres.

“Burning tyres produces a lot of fine particulates, visible smoke and ash but also a lot of volatile organic pollutants that can be inhaled even outside the smoke plume,” the environment campaigners said.

“The smoke can include highly toxic and carcinogenic compounds, black carbon and other…

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