• Kyodo


A minor fire broke out at the Universal Studios Japan theme park Thursday morning.

The blaze, the second to hit the Hollywood theme park here this month, was doused quickly and no one was hurt.

According to local police, a 6-meter-long urethane mat caught fire at about 9:50 a.m. at the construction site for a new attraction featuring scenes from the movie “Spider-Man.”

The Spider-Man attraction is scheduled to open in January 2004.

Police suspect the fire was started by a spark produced during construction work. The fire was put out by USJ employees before local firefighters arrived, police said.

On Monday, a loudspeaker unit used at one of the theme park attractions caught fire.

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