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Four men were killed in an explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Osaka, firefighters said.

The blast occurred around 8:50 a.m. in Morita Chemical Industries Co.’s fluorine compound plant in Yodogawa Ward. Killed in the blast were Kazuhiro Hayashi, 47, Tomoyuki Kanazawa, 33, Tatsuya Nakatani, 45, and Keisuke Nishida, 30, police said.

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