Thriller The Flash saw the center of Glasgow transform into Gotham City

Holy headache, Batman! Glasgow residents attribute migraines, sore throats and coughs to “toxic” smoke effects used in the filming of the new film The Flash

  • The new film The Flash saw the center of Glasgow transform into Gotham City
  • But clouds of “poisonous” fumes have been blamed for causing a headache for glass branches
  • A local resident, speaking anonymously, said trucks “cause a lot of pollution”.

Special effects used in the filming of the new Batman movie are blamed for causing the residents of Merchant City to develop migraines.

The Flash saw the center of Glasgow transform into Gotham City.

But clouds of “toxic” fumes have been blamed for leaving people behind, many of whom work from home, coughing and having sore throats and severe headaches.

Thriller The Flash saw the center of Glasgow transform into Gotham City

A stuntman disguised as Batman rides a Batbike while filming scenes for “The Flash” on St. Vincent Street

One resident – on condition of anonymity – said: “Black smoke came out of the generators, which caused us really bad migraines, coughs, sore throats and nausea.

“The heat wave prevented us from closing our windows for a long time, essentially allowing excessive gas to enter our apartment as our windows faced the street where the generators were located.

“There were so many of them along our street.

“Even when they weren’t on the move, trucks kept coming and going, bringing a lot of pollution into the area.”

The chairman Dr. Duncan MacLaren said, “Neither Merchant City nor Trongate local councilors are against filming downtown.

“But the community’s film office and film producers need to remember that people live here and need free access to their houses and open their windows on hot summer days without toxic fumes from getting in from generators parked too close to apartments.

“The local council passed the complaints from residents to the local council official in charge of filming, and some generators were relocated, but in some cases not far enough apart.

“We will be making a list of complaints to ensure that the film office takes them into account when further films are made in the historic center of Glasgow.”

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “A local council official – on the road team dealing with turning issues – was indeed in contact with the council on these issues and did everything possible to meet the needs and concerns raised – with an emphasis on Generators – including asking that production act to address them.

Clouds of “toxic” fumes have been blamed for abandoning people, many of whom work from home, coughing and having sore throats and severe headaches

Clouds of “toxic” fumes have been blamed for abandoning people, many of whom work from home, coughing and having sore throats and severe headaches

“I’ve heard that baffles have been placed around the generators – which seem to be some of the quietest on the market – to further reduce noise.

“The Glasgow Film Office confirmed all of the resident’s emails and made the production aware of each one as her problem was related to production activities only.

“The Glasgow Film Office described to the resident what was being done to alleviate the situation, measures that our environmental health team knew and did not pose a problem to.

“Please note that other residents’ concerns were addressed in the same way by production and appeared to resolve the situation.”

The Mail Online has requested a comment from the Glasgow Film Office.

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