Blast at chemical plant in central Japan injures more than 10 people

A chemical plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, exploded on Friday morning, leaving more than 10 people injured, local police said. The degree of injuries is unknown.

Black fumes spew from a chemical plant of Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. in the city of Fuji in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture in this photo taken December 1, 2017 from a Kyodo News helicopter. Kyodo/VNS

Black fumes spew from a chemical plant of Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. in the city of Fuji in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture in this photo taken December 1, 2017 from a Kyodo News helicopter. Kyodo/VNS

The plant of Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. in the city of Fuji near Mt. Fuji exploded at around 8:30 a.m., police said. Local authorities are battling fires and issued an evacuation order for residents living near the plant.

The plant manufactures chemical agents for papermaking and resins for printing inks, its operator said. KYODO/VNS


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