Pulaski Skyway remains shut down after chemical plant fire near New York City

Traffic on a major roadway near New York City remained closed Saturday after a major fire broke out overnight at a New Jersey chlorine plant.

State transportation officials confirmed “fire department activity” early Saturday morning, adding that traffic in both directions near the Pulaski Skyway ramp would remain closed following a fire at Alden Leads plant in Kearny.

Residents in the surrounding area were being warned about "dangerous fumes" resulting from the blaze and were warned to “keep windows and doors shut and stay inside.”

The warnings have since been lifted in the surrounding areas. Officials in Hoboken said that strong winds traveling southeast carried with them “smoke and fumes” from the fire and that residents were “safe to reopen your windows.”

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The Pulaski Skyway is seen in Jersey City, N.J., on June 25, 2014. (Getty Images)

The Pulaski Skyway is seen in Jersey City, N.J., on June 25, 2014. (Getty Images)

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Bayonne city officials also tweeted out on Saturday that the air quality was “good” and posed no threat.

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Residents in Staten Island and Brooklyn were initially warned that fumes and smoke from the fire might reach them.

It was not immediately clear if the fire had been completely put out or what may have caused it.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates.