Dozens of protesters blocked the street for about five minutes before they moved into a nearby park.
Activists carrying signs reading "Stop Polluting the Poor" and "We have a right to breathe without disease" are angry because they claim PES has been polluting these neighborhoods for a long time, and people are dying.
Avery Broughton is a high school senior who joined the action.
"I heard a boom, boom. When I woke up and watched the news, I seen what was going on, I said 'Thank you! Thank you! You sent a message to all the people,'" Bennett said.
Bennett says the fire and explosions meant city officials couldn't ignore the neighbors' complaints any more.
Kilynn Johnson lives nearby and says she woke up last Friday with a headache, feeling nauseous, her asthma was acting up and she ended up in the hospital.
"The chemicals that they use, it's like really killing us, it's killing us slowly. That's what it's doing, not just, you know, for our children. What about our children, what about our senior citizens?"
Philly Thrive, which organized the event, started protesting PES even before the two fires this month and plans to continue.