Explosions at factory in southern Japan

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

Tokyo: Explosions and fire hit an aluminium 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 aluminium 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.

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