Several people hurt in blast at Brazil steelmaker Usiminas' plant
The blast was centered on piece of equipment that stores gases released during the steel production process, according to the company, also known as Usiminas.
Several people were injured on Friday in an explosion at a plant in the Ipatinga municipality in the state of Minas Gerais that is owned by Brazilian steelmaker Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, according to the company and firefighters.
The blast was centered on a piece of equipment that stores gases released during the steel production process, according to the company, also known as Usiminas.
A spokesman for the local firefighters' battalion said several people were injured but there were no known fatalities. Local media reported that 25 people were injured. The company said it halted the plant's blast furnaces temporarily.
The plant is devoted to producing crude steel, according to analysts at Itau BBA. The Ipatinga plant produced 813,000 tons of steel between April and June of this year, the company said in its latest earnings report.
Shares in Usiminas were down more than 9 percent after reports of the explosion.
Usiminas is one of the largest steel producers in Brazil.
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