Gloucestershire County Council, which runs the centre, advised residents to keep their windows closed as the smoke filled the moonlit sky.Drivers were also warned to be careful when driving near the area.
There's a massive fire over Hempstead #Gloucester way, I do hope everything / everyone's ok.— Mel Nicholls (@Dolly2racer) April 15, 2014
A member of the public dialled 999 to report the blaze to the recycling centre, which opens every day until 6.15pm.The environmental impact of the fire is currently unknown.Residents from as far away as Shurdington and Cheltenham town centre reported seeing the smoke.
Mini apocalypse at hempsted tip? pic.twitter.com/g5O5Ts0uRa— Rich Evans (@Evari) April 15, 2014
Hempsted Tip is on fire! I wonder how long that will burn for! :-( pic.twitter.com/v1WLoJNvZ3
— Sali Gray (@saligray) April 15, 2014