1 Dead, 11 Injured After Chemical Plant Explosion1 Dead, 11 Injured After Chemical Plant Explosion
July 2, 2018
An explosion Monday at the Protein Chemical Co. Ltd. chemical plant in the Japan reportedly killed one person and injured about a dozen others.
Firefighters arrived the plant, located in Wakasa Town in the Fukui prefecture, after the explosion occurred at about 1:45 p.m., finding yellow smoke coming from the plant, The Japan Times reported. Images and footage broadcast from the scene following the blast showed damages to the plant’s roof and windows.
“A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion. One died and another is seriously injured,” fire officials told the Times.
A man in his 40s died in the incident and a man in his 20s was rendered unconscious, Chinese state news organization Xinhua said in its coverage.
Protein Chemical produces pharmaceutical intermediates and chemicals used as food additives and in manufacturing, according to information on the company’s website.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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