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Smoke possibly from mobile battery forces Tohoku Shinkansen train to make emergency stop

Firefighters check inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop due to smoke, in this photo taken at JR Omiya Station on Nov. 9, 2018. (Mainichi/Takuya Suzuki)

TOKYO -- A Shinkansen bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka in northeastern Japan made an emergency stop at around 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 9 after smoke apparently from a mobile battery was detected inside one of its cars, according to East Japan Railway Co. (JR East).

The Hayabusa No. 65 train was running between Ueno and Omiya stations on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line when it made the stop after an emergency alarm went off. The warning was apparently triggered by smoke coming from a passenger's mobile battery in car No. 6.

A fire extinguisher was used to put out the smoke, and the train resumed operations about 10 minutes later. The train's service was cancelled between Omiya in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo and Morioka.

No one was injured in the incident, according to Saitama Prefectural Police.

(Japanese original by Kim Sooryeon, City News Department)

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