Chemical Plant Fire Closes Pulaski Skyway

Kearny chemical fire
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

KEARNY, N.J. (WCBS 880) – The Pulaski Skyway remained closed Saturday after an overnight fire at a chemical plant spewed smoke and fumes into the air.

The fire broke out at the Alden Leeds chemical plant in Kearny around 10 p.m., according to officials. The plant makes products like chlorine for pools.

The plant sits beneath the Pulaski Skyway and the fire forced the bridge’s closure at midnight. Lane closures continued into Saturday afternoon.

The smoke and fumes from the blaze also prompted warnings for residents in Kearny, Staten Island, Hoboken, Bayonne and Newark. Officials urged people to keep their windows closed because of the fumes.

It’s unclear how the fire started and an investigation into the cause is ongoing.

No injuries have been reported and the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said air quality was "acceptable."