Chemical plant explosion injures four in Japan
17 May 2021
An explosion at a chemical plant in Fukushima prefecture, northeast Japan injured four people on May 11. The blast happened at Sakai Chemical Industry Co.'s Yumoto Factory in Iwaki which manufacturers chemicals used in paint, printer ink, and plastics.
Four people were injured in the explosion, which happened at around 07:45 local time, after suffering burns. One of the injured was in a serious condition and was rushed to a local hospital. In total, 18 workers were on site at the time of the explosion.
Several explosions were heard by locals throughout the incident, with some worried that the smoke may have contained dangerous toxic materials. The plant produces materials such as zinc oxide and zinc powder. Local officials said that no toxic materials were detected in the air following the blast, however.
The cause of the blast is unknown, however police and fire officials have opened an investigation.