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Explosion reported at U.S. military base in Japan
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#UPDATE Pentagon confirms blast at US military facility in Japan, no injuries reported
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Local Japanese residents report Sagami General Depot explosions started at around 12:45 am and continued for about 10 minutes.
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Explosion occurs at US military facility in Japan
Published August 23, 2015
The cause of an explosion at a U.S. military facility in Japan is under investigation and initial reports indicate no personnel were injured.
The base is located in Sagamihara, a city in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, which borders Tokyo.
“There are no indications of injuries,” Pentagon spokesman U.S. Navy Commander Bill Urban said in a statement. “The army appreciates the quick reaction and support of our partners from the Sagamihara City emergency services.”
The explosion occurred just after midnight Japan time at a building on the U.S. Army’s Sagami Depot, which is about 25 miles southwest of Tokyo.
“The storage building is not designated as a hazardous material storage facility, as some initial reports indicated,” Urban said in the statement. “We are in the process of determining the exact contents of the building. The Sagami General Depot does not store ammunition or radiological materials.”
Video and photos began streaming in from social media shortly after noon (EST), showing a large explosion, several loud booms, sustained flames and billowing smoke rising from a structure.
A bare warehouse was seen burning on the site, The Daily Mirror reported, citing Japanese broadcasters. Helicopters have been spotted in the area and emergency vehicles are en route to the scene.
An eyewitness told the NHK news agency she initially thought the explosion was thunder, but then heard multiple “explosions in quick succession.” She also reported smelling a “gunpowder-ish smell.”
Three explosions linked to a left-wing extremist group were reported in the vicinity of the base in April, according to the Wall Street Journal.