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Fire broke out at a chemical plant near Bryan, Texas on Thursday and officials evacuated a large area because of the toxic smoke.
Officials are reportedly evacuating the entire city of Bryan because of a fire at a chemical plant believed to contain explosive ammonium nitrate.
Reports from the area say fire officials there are asking all homes and businesses in Bryan to evacuate to College Station, to the south.
The U.S. Census Bureau says Bryan's population is 72,000.
The fire broke out about noon Thursday. Bryan-College Station fire dispatcher Andy Throne says the plume of smoke fr
The city's manager told BNO News that the residue can be harmful and irritating. "We advice people who cannot evacuate to stay indoors and turn off your air conditioning," he said. Some local media outlets reported that the biggest problem was the risk of an explosion, but the city manager did not believe that was accurate.