Explosions at factory in southern Japan

01 Sep 2015 / 11:10 H.

    TOKYO: Explosions and fire hit an aluminium plating factory in southern Japan early Tuesday, although there was no immediate report of injuries, a fire official said.
    Multiple explosions were heard at the plant in Kitakyushu operated by Shinkou Alumer Inc, according to national broadcaster NHK.
    The explosions, first reported around 6.20am (2120 GMT Monday), happened after a container for molten aluminium broke, letting the hot metal come in contact with water, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing a worker at the factory.
    Television footage of the fire showed thick, white smoke rising from the plant, engulfed in orange flames.
    A local fire official said there was no immediate report of injuries, but was not able to provide other details.
    Officials at Shinkou Alumer could not be reached for comment. – AFP


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