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Blast at tank shell casing recycling plant leaves worker dead in southeastern S. Korea

All Headlines 17:54 June 05, 2018

YANGSAN, South Korea, June 5 (Yonhap) -- An explosion occurred on Tuesday at a plant that collects and recycles tank shell casings in southeastern South Korea, leaving a 20-year-old Russian worker dead, police said.

The explosion took place around 10:30 a.m. at the plant in Yangsan, a city in South Korea's southeastern province of South Gyeongsang.

The worker, whose name was withheld, was caught in the blast when a co-worker near him was cutting a 105mm tank shell casing with oxy-fuel welding equipment. The co-worker developed tinnitus -- a ringing in the ears -- as a result of the explosion.

The plant collects and recycles spent shells coming from nearby Army units. Police will look into what exactly caused the explosion in cooperation with the state-run National Forensic Service.

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