<br><br>Toxic cloud from plant fire forces thousands to evacuate<br>APEX, North Carolina (CNN) -- Half of the 32,000 residents of Apex, North Carolina, have been asked to evacuate Friday after explosions and fire at a hazardous waste plant released noxious gases and flames 150 feet high over the town.<br><br>People "are putting themselves in very grave danger by being near or around this smoke. If you see smoke, get away from it." said Bruce Radford, manager of the Raleigh suburban town.<br><br><br>------------------------------<br><br>Not sure how far that is from Bird...don't think it's too close, but I don't know.<br><br>
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