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(LEAD) 3 killed in POSCO plant explosion

National 19:10 November 24, 2020

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout with additional casualty; CHANGES photo)

GWANGYANG, South Korea, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- Three people were killed in an explosion that occurred at a plant operated by South Korea's top steelmaker, POSCO, on Tuesday, fire officials said.

The incident took place at around 4 p.m. with a roaring sound at its plant in Gwangyang, 420 kilometers southwest of Seoul, involving a blaze that was put out in about 20 minutes, according to the officials.

Authorities said the explosion appears to have started near a furnace while workers were handling high-pressure gas, adding that they are looking into the exact cause of the incident.


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