Explosions at a chemical plant in Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday killed a firefighter and injured dozens of people, the Japan Times reported, citing local fire department and police officials said. Global production of diapers could be affected because the plant made a key ingredient in a resin used in them, Japanese media reported.
A fire broke out about 2 p.m. after an abnormal chemical reaction at Nippon Shokubai Co.'s plant in Himeji, the Japan Times said.
The first explosion occurred about 2:40 p.m. as firefighters were spraying an acrylic acid tank with water, and the second followed shortly afterward, the Times said, citing Nippon Shokubai. The blasts set ablaze a fire engine.
A 28-year-old firefighter was killed and at least 30 people were reported injured.
Nippon Shokubai is one of the world's biggest makers of acrylic acid, the main ingredient of a resin called .
The plant produces about 20 percent of the world's SAP and 10 percent of global output of acrylic acid....MORE