Massive fire brings down bridge in Atlanta

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A huge fire on a motorway in Atlanta caused a bridge to collapse last night, with the horrendous events caught on camera.

According to NBC News, the inferno was reported at 6:21pm local time underneath the northbound I-85, near the junction with State Highway 400. At around 7pm, the bridge collapsed, spewing black smoke into the air.

The authorities managed to close the road and turn traffic around, and Georgia governor Nathan Deal told NBC that no injuries had been reported.

However, thousands of motorists were left stuck on the interstate while the police redirected traffic.

Governor Deal declared a state of emergency in light of the event, and although the fire was under control by around 8pm, the collapsed bridge means all lanes of the I-85 are expected to be blocked indefinitely.

"I think it's as serious a transportation crisis as we could have," said mayor Kasim Reed.