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POSCO plant explodes, five people injured

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POSCO plant explodes, five people injured


At 1:14 pm on Tuesday, a POSCO plant exploded and five people were reportedly injured.


The explosions occurred twice within a 5 minute gap at the Ferromanganese (FeMn) yard next to the steelmakers plant at Jeollanamados Gwangyang City.


Five employees were injured in the incident and are currently receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The degree of injury status has not been announced yet.


200 people, including 170 firefighters, managed to put out the fire at around 2 pm.


Local residents said the explosion affected areas outside the plant. Some said they felt a bridge 100 meters away from the site shaking, while some said metal debris was blasted onto roads near the plant.


Fire authorities closed down the bridge immediately due to safety concerns.


While the exact cause of the accident is yet to be determined, it was reported that the explosion abruptly occurred while testing an unused waste heat generator.


POSCO and fire authorities plan to investigate the cause of the accident as soon as possible.

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