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Japan steel factory blast leaves one dead, five injured

27 April 2017

An explosion at a steel factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on April 25 killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said, according to the Kyodo News Agency. The explosion at the Hiyama Iron Works occurred near a furnace after melted steel may have inadvertently come into contact with the coolant water and triggered a vapour explosion, the police said.

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All 16 workers were inside the factory at the time. Theblast shattered windows and left a hole in one of the factory walls, policesaid. Nearby residents and workers evacuated the area after the accident.

The factory is located about 2 km from JR Asahikawa Station.Hokkaido Railway Co. said it suspended some train operations.

Hiyama Iron Works, opened in 1923, manufactures iron frames for construction, moulds and industrial machinery.

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