This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

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.


More information...

Print this page | E-mail this page