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Explosion at Japanese chemical plant kills one, injures 11

01 December 2017

At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire on December 1 in the city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 100 km east of Tokyo. Residents living within 100 metres of the plant were ordered to evacuate as 17 fire engines and nearly 60 firefighters tackled the blaze.

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Plumes of thick black smoke billowed into the sky from the Arakawa Chemical Industries plant, which makes chemical agents for papermaking and resins for printing inks. The Osaka-based company said the blast is believed to have happened in a resin production facility.

Three of the 11 injured were said to be in a serious condition. More than 100 people were working at the plant when the explosion happened.

Officials said it was not immediately clear exactly what was burning but a company spokesperson denied risks of potential contamination or pollution. Authorities issued an evacuation order for about 50 local residents but it was lifted after the fire was extinguished.

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