Explosions at factory in southern Japan

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 01 2015 08:59 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2015 04:59 PM

TOKYO, Japan - Explosions and fire hit an aluminum plating factory in southern Japan early Tuesday, although there was no immediate report of injuries, a fire official said.

Multiple explosions were heard at the plant in Kitakyushu operated by Shinkou Alumer Inc, according to national broadcaster NHK.

The explosions, first reported around 6:20 am (2120 GMT Monday), happened after a container for molten aluminum broke, letting the hot metal come in contact with water, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing a worker at the factory.

Television footage of the fire showed thick, white smoke rising from the plant, engulfed in orange flames.

A local fire official said there was no immediate report of injuries, but was not able to provide other details.

Officials at Shinkou Alumer could not be reached for comment.