Toxic cloud sparks safety alert south of Rome

Toxic cloud sparks safety alert south of Rome
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A fire at a rubbish depot south of Rome sent a toxic cloud into the skies on Friday, forcing nearby homes and schools to be evacuated.

People living in towns near Pomezia, 50 kilometres from the Italian capital, were told to keep their windows shut to avoid breathing in fumes from plastics and other materials.

As emergency crews battled the blaze, prosecutors opened an investigation into possible arson. No one has been injured.

The fire is now out but the smoke cloud has lingered due to a lack of winds to disperse it.

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