LACKAWANNA, N.Y. -- Surrounding neighborhoods for miles felt the effects of a massive structure fire at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna Wednesday.
"It was unusual because they stuck together. Usually if an ash is paper or cardboard, it breaks up and become brittle. These came out as solid pieces and you notice...I don't want to touch with a bare finger but its solid like some kind of material plastic...synthetic. It didn't break up like paper would. Or cardboard," said Malcolm Schroen, a nearby neighbor. l
Some people also complained about the smell. Schroen described it as "pungent air." "Putrid" was also used by one person, comparing it to burning plastic and rubber.