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Pollutants from explosion can cause temporary respiratory issues

Posted at 8:45 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 21:45:52-04

The smoke from the fire that followed the blast could lead to respiratory issues for some who might have been exposed to it.

They could develop allergy-like symptoms: a runny nose or cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or even feeling a bit confused.

One doctor we spoke to said people with compromised immune systems would also be susceptible.

"The fine particles which are there because of the smoke are the ones that can be inhaled very easily, and that's what leads to problems and the respiratory symptoms," said local pulmonologist Dr. Humayun Anjum.

In situations like Friday’s, the doctor said someone’s best course of action is to stay indoors until the smoke dissipates.