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Explosion at steel plant in central Japan injures 15

Published on Sep 3, 2014 5:55 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - At least 15 people were injured on Wednesday after an explosion at a steel plant in central Japan, the latest in a series of accidents at the site.

Television pictures showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal facility in Tokai, which employs 3,000 people.

A spokesman for the Aichi prefectural police said the fire department had been alerted to a problem at the plant at 12.46 pm local time. The Tokyo-based spokesman for the world's No. 2 steelmaker said the blast injured its workers and those from partner companies.

All 15 injured people were taken to hospital, according to a Tokai city emergency official. "We don't know the severity of their injuries," he told AFP.

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