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Resin Dust Eyed as Cause of Deadly Chemical Plant Blast

December 1, 2017

Officials at a chemical plant in Fuji, Japan said dust from resins were likely the cause of an explosion Friday that killed one person and injured 11 others, The Japan Times reported.

The explosion was reported at the Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. Plant at about 8:30 a.m. A 64-year-old contract worker was killed in the blast. More than 100 were reportedly in the facility at the time of the incident.

A byproduct from the crushing and packing process of resins for ink, the company said the dust exploded on either the first or second floor of the facility, where the man who died and those who received the worst injuries were found.

Emergency officials said the explosion did not pose a risk to the environment or those living near the plant. 

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