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Friday, January 10, 2014
TOKYO -- An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 12 others, authorities said.
Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.
The blast appeared to have occurred when plant workers were rinsing heat exchange equipment at the silicone plant during maintenance, a Mie prefectural police official said.
The fatalities and injured were all believed to be workers at the factory, the police added. (AP)