An inferno at a paper mill in New Jersey that could be seen and smelled for miles was so intense that the billowing smoke showed up on NBC 4 New York's StormTracker 4, the most powerful radar in the tri-state.
StormTracker 4 showed a blue streak stretching from Elmwood Park next to Interstate 80 and stretching all the down over Hempstead on Long Island and continuing over the ocean.
The fire broke out inside a warehouse building at Marcal Paper Mills, on Market Street in Elmwood Park around 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. No injuries were reported, but the cold weather made the fire fight much more difficult for firefighters.
StormTracker 4 got a workout Wednesday from snow squalls to smoke. Birds are sometimes picked up on the radar, Storm Team 4 meteorologist Janice Huff said.