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    Chemical Plant Blast Kills 1, Injures 17 People in Japan

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    An explosion at a chemical plant in western Japan on Sunday killed one worker and injured 17, including nearby residents, NHK TV channel reported.

    An explosion at a chemical plant in western Japan on Sunday killed one worker and injured 17, including nearby residents, NHK TV channel reported.

    The blast occurred at Mitsui Chemicals' Iwakuni-Ohtake facility in the Yamaguchi prefecture.

    The explosion hit the adhesive plant shortly after 2 a.m. local time. A 22-year-old worker was killed and 11 others were injured.

    The blast broke windows of about 270 buildings, including nearby houses. The hands and heads of six people were cut by broken glass.

    A second blast occurred in the compound shortly after 8 a.m. local time, but no one was injured.

    Mitsui Chemicals has said production at the plant was halted on Saturday after trouble at another plant, which helped avoid large casualties.

    Fire fighters are working at the site of the accident.

     

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