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Japan recycling plant blast kills two, injures 18

18 November 2013

An explosion at an oil-recycling plant in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, has left two workers dead and 18 people injured, two seriously, according to Jiji Press. The blast, which occurred on November 15, blew the roof off the plant, knocked the walls down and broke windows of nearby factories and homes. The plant was operated by Ever Clean, a recycled oil producer.

According to local police and other sources, white smoke billowed up while four workers inside the plant were engaged in work to refine used engine oil. A tank exploded despite an emergency shutdown of machinery used in the operation.

Two workers—Kenji Iida, 50, and Kazuo Masuda, 52—died after suffering burns over their entire bodies. A fire caused by the blast was extinguished about one hour later.

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