Maywood Residents Aren’t Allowed to Return Home Until Post-Fire Hazard Testing Is Completed

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A magnesium fueled fire that burned through two commercial buildings in Maywood caused several explosions and left thousands without power Tuesday morning. (Credit: KTLA)

About 200 Maywood residents will not be allowed to return to the homes they evacuated after an industrial fire until toxicity tests are completed, L.A. County and federal officials said at a news conference Monday. The testing could take several days, they said.

The blaze June 14 at a plastics facility spread to a metal recycling yard where magnesium ignited, triggering explosions.

Authorities have been testing ash and the air in surrounding neighborhoods for dangerous metals.

Samples taken outside do not indicate a health hazard, but those gathered inside the 43 evacuated homes are still being tested, said Michelle Rogow, on-site coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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