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10th February 2003, 07:52
Workers blasted for burning dynamite

OITA -- Workers at a construction firm got a shock early Monday after several sticks of dynamite they tried to burn with other rubbish exploded, shattering windows of nearby houses.

Police said workers from the construction firm, based in the Kaku district of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, put five or six sticks of dynamite they had decided to dispose of in with a load of rubbish that was being burned at the firm at about 7:20 a.m. Monday.

The dynamite soon exploded, smashing the windows of seven houses belonging to residents living near the facility.

"We thought that if the detonators were taken out they wouldn't explode, and just burn normally, so we put them in with the other rubbish," firm official was quoted as saying.

The dynamite that exploded was normally used for blasting work, police said. Police plan to question firm officials on suspicion of violating the Explosives Control Law. (Mainichi Shimbun, Feb. 10, 2003)