On Wednesday, major traffic jams on Toronto highways were caused by an industrial incident that released a plume of toxic smoke into the air. After an incident at an industrial fertilizer factory released a cloud of toxic fumes into the air, police shut down a section of Highway 400 in North York between Highway 401 and Finch Avenue for nearly an hour. At around 11:15 a.m., an “out-of-control” reaction sent toxic smoke billowing into the air at the facility, which is located near Sheppard Avenue and Highway 400. According to police, residents of the plant and nearby buildings have been evacuated. There were no reported injuries.\ As a precaution, he said, numerous properties in the area had been evacuated. Powell stated, “The situation should begin to stabilize, but I can’t give you a timeframe.” All lanes of Highway 400 were reopened around 12:35 p.m., according to Ontario Provincial Police. Sheppard Avenue is still closed between Jane Street and Weston Road.
On Wednesday morning, photos posted on social media show yellow smoke encircling the facility. The police have advised people to avoid the area.