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Blast at Japanese steel plant leaves one dead, one injured

30 April 2018

One man was killed and another injured on April 29 after an explosion at a Kyushu Steel Corp. plant in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, police said. The blast killed a 28-year-old employee who was investigating the cause of smoke coming from the basement area. More than 10 workers were at the plant when the accident occurred, but no other injuries were reported.

Police said a leaky hose used to provide oxygen to a ground-level electric furnace in a basement-level machine room triggered a fire that led to the blast.

The steel-maker, headquartered in Fukuoka Prefecture, has 167 employees, according to its website.

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