TOKYO: A huge blaze broke out on Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport, a fire department official said, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.
The blaze came just hours after a blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post near Tokyo, sending sparks into the sky and triggering a blaze that burned through the night, although there were no reports of injuries.
Local police declined to speculate on whether there was any link between the two incidents.
"We do not know any details at this point," a police spokesman told AFP on the question of any connection.
The site near the busy international airport is owned by a unit of giant steelmaker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, which declined to make an immediate comment.
The vast steel pipe-making facility, which spans 20,800 square metres (224,000 square feet), operates a pair of manufacturing lines, about one kilometre from Haneda.
"A fire broke out from a two-metre cooling tower," the fire official said without elaborating.
Last year, at least 15 people were injured after an explosion at a Nippon Steel plant in central Japan.
no proper maintenance might be
dangerous situations, specially at
furnace in steel, metal factories.
Mahendra Kumar Nayak
Two blasts in Japan in quick succession. Is there any sabotage?
Daal mein Kaala hai !!! What is a two meter Cooling Tower blowing up for !!!????
N R Aggarwal
Action and reaction, as some would say. Recall some similar incidents in China
If fire fighting measures in Japan are so weak what one can imagine of under developed nations
Why this fire incidents repeatedly happening in this steel factory ?....Officials should seriously look into the matter....
Two different incidents but coinciding time and its nature. Any sabotage? Or just as coincidence only? Only time and their full investigation will reveal the facts. Barely an year after such fire accident this comes again and wonder the safety measures, as suggested by the mayor of Tokai !!