Sunday, August 23, 2015

Japan US Military Base Explosion: Multiple Blasts Reported At United States Army Facility In Sagamihara

A major explosion has been reported at a U.S. military base in Japan. Above, Smoke rises from a fire at a factory after an earthquake and tsunami struck Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo 
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m. EDT: Officials at the Pentagon said they were aware of reports of an explosion at a U.S. military base in Sagamihara, Japan, but said they could not confirm the blast occurred on the base. "We're aware of the report, but we don't have confirmation that the explosion occurred on the base," Pentagon spokesman U.S. Navy Commander Bill Urban said, according to Reuters.

Original story below.

Multiple explosions hit at an American military base in Japan, local media outlets reported Sunday. Early reports indicate a warehouse on the base remained burning as emergency vehicles responded to the blasts.

The explosions occurred at the Sagami General Depot, a U.S. Army base in Sagamihara, about 25 miles from Tokyo. Petroleum products and ammunition are stored at there, Fox News reported.
The city's fire department said the blasts occurred shortly before 1 a.m., local time, the Russian RT news network reported, citing Japanese news sources. More than 10 fire trucks were dispatched to the site, and a helicopter reportedly was heard circling above.

Videos and photos were shared on social media showing the site of the explosion on fire with smoke rising. Several blasts are audible in the videos. No injuries have yet been reported and the residents in nearby areas have not been evacuated.

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