Smoke breaks out at Tobacco Store in Washington, DC
The smoke was so thick you couldn’t even see your feet in the smoking area, a local resident told CNN affiliate WJLA.
The smoke and smoke billowing out of a Washington, D.C., Tobacco Store has prompted local residents to file complaints with the local health department, according to WJLS.
The shop’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, said the smoke was just a few feet from him when he opened his shop Thursday afternoon.
The owner of the store told WJLN the smoke could be seen through the shop’s windows.
“I was going to close up for the day because the smoke would be so thick that I couldnt even see my feet in there,” the man said.
“But I just put up a little sign saying, ‘Welcome to the tobacco store.'”
He said his store, which opened just last year, had a few hundred smokers at the time of the incident.
“It was a really bad smell,” he told WLN.
“It was really bad.”
The man said he was shocked when he saw smoke billow from the entrance of his store.
“We were really, really scared because it was very bad and I was really concerned that someone was going there,” he said.
He said he thought about calling 911 but said that would be dangerous.
The Washington, Virginia, police department told WLRN that they have responded to a few complaints about smoke coming from the shop.
“The owner of this store is aware of the smoke situation, and is taking proactive steps to try to control the situation,” a police statement said.
The department did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The shop owner told WTVR that he plans to reopen the store Saturday morning.