Mitsui chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 11
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Mitsui chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 11

6:52 AM, 23rd April 2012
Mitsui chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 11
Mitsui chemical plant explosion.

YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN: One employee died and 11 were injured at a chemical plant explosion in Waki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The blast occurred at about 2:15 am in one of the plants at Mitsui Chemicals’ Iwakuni-Otake factory, causing a fire. The explosion affected about 410 households in Waki and Iwakuni, both in the prefecture, as well as neighboring Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, breaking residents’ windows. Nine residents were injured.

No noxious gas is believed to have been produced despite the fire that broke out. According to the company, two employees near the explosion site were seriously injured and five others were harmed. Four employees of another company sustained minor injuries. The accident occurred at a plant manufacturing resorcin, a material for making an adhesive agent commonly used in tire production. 70 per cent of the plant operations were halted when the supplying steam to the factory unexpectedly stopped, said Shigeru Hara, Plant manager.

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