Suspected fuel leak in northern Japan kills 1, injures 17

Tokyo, July 30

A sudden explosion from a suspected fuel leak blew out partitions and home windows in a part of a northern Japanese city Thursday morning, killing one individual and injuring 17 others.

There was no signal of a hearth and investigators suspect {that a} fuel leak might have trigger the blast, Koriyama hearth division official Hiroki Ogawa mentioned. Local media say a fuel leak and explosion occurred at a restaurant.

So far, one individual was confirmed lifeless and 17 others have been taken to hospitals. Two of them had been severely injured, Ogawa mentioned.

The space has been closed off and neighbours have been evacuated.

NHK footage confirmed solely a skeleton left of a constructing, the metal construction gnawed and items of wall and glass scattered round. Several workers and clients at a close-by financial institution had been injured, NHK mentioned.

The explosion occurred in a crowded enterprise and business district near town’s predominant practice station, the place hospitals, faculties and town corridor are additionally situated.

“I heard a ‘boom!’ and felt the ground shaking, so I thought it was an earthquake, but the shaking didn’t last very long so I realized it wasn’t,” an worker at close by Kuwano Kyoritsu Hospital instructed NHK. Nobody was injured on the hospital, though a few of its home windows had been shattered. — AP

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