Steel plant blast in Fukuoka kills one, injures at least three

A blast at a steel plant in southwestern Japan has left one person dead and at least three others hurt, including a man who suffered serious burns.

The explosion was believed to have been triggered when liquefied natural gas used in a furnace to harden steel caught fire at the Yahata plant operated by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, fire officials said.

The man who was killed was a plant worker in his 30s. The three wounded were taken to hospital for treatment for serious burns and minor injuries. Their identities were not immediately known.

The fire department was alerted of the explosion at about 1:15 pm local time. Authorities said they would further investigate on the accident.

By Maesie Bertumen

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