As we come to terms with the ongoing chemical fire in Mitchell the ESA has given a warning of the possible effects of exposure to the stuff which was clearly visible from Civic this lunchtime (emphasis mine):
Canberra Connect has received 2250 calls from the public about the Mitchell fire.
There has been no-one present to hospital with any of the symptoms that would occur from coming into contact with the smoke plume. We do not expect this to change at this stage.
It is known to cause irritation to skin and eyes, sore throat, nausea, headaches and dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
People who have concerns they may have come into contact with the product of the smoke plume and have any of the symptoms should seek medical attention at an emergency department or ring emergency triple zero 000 for life threatening cases.
Road closures as previously advised are still in place.