Fuel tank fire's smoke not hazardous, but can cause some health problems

Tuesday, April 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The smoke from the fuel tank fire could be seen for miles on Tuesday. A ConocoPhillips spokesman said it's not believed to be hazardous, but it can still cause some health problems.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, short-term exposure to the smoke can result in eye, nose and throat irritation. Headaches and nausea are also common.

Experts say the more smoke one breathes, the stronger the symptoms. Anyone with respiratory problems or asthma can expect their condition to be exasperated. Everyone is urged to move to a safe distance.

Breathing fresh air can help ease symptoms.