Over 40 injured in explosion at restaurant in Japan's Sapporo; cause of blast is under investigation, say police

More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

The Associated Press December 17, 2018 00:11:30 IST
Over 40 injured in explosion at restaurant in Japan's Sapporo; cause of blast is under investigation, say police

Tokyo: More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, and caused nearby apartment buildings and houses to shake.

Over 40 injured in explosion at restaurant in Japans Sapporo cause of blast is under investigation say police

Firefighters operate at the site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan. Reuters

Police said 42 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The cause of the explosion, which occurred at a two-story restaurant in Sapporo's Toyohira district, is under investigation, police said, adding that they had no further details.

TV footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed the restaurant in flames, with debris scattered on the ground.

The footage later showed gray smoke billowing from the restaurant as dozens of firefighters poured water onto the building, which was charred and nearly collapsing. Windows on an apartment building next door were broken, and cars parked outside were partially covered with debris that had fallen on them.

A witness told NHK that he smelled gas after the sound of an explosion. The broadcaster said the district office was to set up a shelter for neighbors of the restaurant to stay overnight so they could escape the smoke.

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

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