On April 11, 2023, a plastics fire at a warehouse spewed hydrogen cyanide, benzene, and asbestos into the air in Richmond, Indiana.
The EPA found asbestos in debris that fell in surrounding neighborhoods up to 1.5 miles from the fire.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges anyone with debris on their property from the Indiana Plastics Fire to not disturb the debris and call them immediately.
The EPA will gather data on the debris have an asbestos professionally removed.
Hydrogen cyanide, a highly toxic gas, can be fatal depending on the dose and length of exposure. Benzene is known to cause cancers such as leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, asbestosis and other cancers. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.