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A large fire in Clayton County at the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Citizens Parkway is causing evacuations in the surrounding area due to toxic smoke.

The fire happened Wednesday afternoon at Tensar Corp., a fencing manufacturer, and started in an outside storage area where tar paper and plastic paper are stored.

"Even when I was in the military I didn't see anything like this," said witness Gerald Hargrove.

The area surrounding Jonesboro Road between Mount Zion Boulevard and Battle Creek Road has been evacuated and blocked off to traffic due to the smoke.  Exit ramps on southbound I-75 at Mount Zion Boulevard and Jonesboro Road have also been blocked.

The EPA is urging residents within a one mile radius of the fire to stay inside. If there are any health concerns, residents can call 678-610-4718. The number is to Clayton County emergency operations center, which is now set up.

Firefighters said they are keeping the fire away from any buildings. They are letting it burn-out and anticipate that will take at least all night.  There have also been several explosions coming from the fire.

"I don't know what the explosions are at this time," said Jacque Feilke with the Clayton County Fire Department.

CBSAtlanta.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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