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Explosion rocks Mazda's Hiroshima factory

22 October 2012

A blast on October 20 rocked Mazda Motor Corp.'s factory in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, injuring three workers, the city's fire department reported. Of the three, one was hospitalized while the other two sustained only minor burns.

The explosion occurred during the transportation of molten steel in a container measuring 1 meter in diameter and 1.5 meters high. The container accidentally fell over, spilling its contents and causing the blast, the fire department said.

Mazda said the molten steel is used in the production of engine parts, but added the accident will not affect its overall operations.

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