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OSAKA — An explosion rocked a battery factory in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, on Aug. 10 and ignited a fire that razed two buildings, police said Aug. 11. The two-floor 660 sq.-meter battery factory was recharging lithium batteries but operating without workers due to the holidays.

A 28-year-old man was slightly injured when the windshield of his car, parked nearby, shattered. In addition, a fireman was rushed to a hospital after inhaling smoke, but his condition was reported as not serious, police said.

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