Multiple explosions have been reported at a US Army facility in Sagamihara City, Japan. The Sagami General Depot, which houses ammunition for the US Army, began experiencing the blasts at around 1:00 a.m. local time. A Pentagon spokesman said the Defense Department is aware of the blasts and is investigating.
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The Daily Mail reports that multiple explosions were reported at 12:45 a.m. local time at the Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara City, Japan. Locals say they heard loud explosions coming from the facility and an orange blaze could be seen in the distance. Photos of smoke and fire billowing from the compound have been posted to a number of media outlets online.
Local Japanese residents report Sagami General Depot explosions started at around 12:45 am and continued for about 10 minutes. — SNA Japan (@ShingetsuNews) August 23, 2015
Shingetsu News, a local publication, said that the initial explanation for the blasts was that there had been an “accidental fire” at a storehouse holding explosives. However, the Pentagon has yet to confirm the cause of the fire or if any fatalities have been reported. Meanwhile, Shingetsu News is reporting that the US military has called Japanese fire departments to the scene. However, the military reportedly put restrictions on the fire department and are not allowing water to be used to douse the fire.
It appears US military called Japanese firefighters to scene of explosion, but then put restrictions on them; water not used to douse fire. — SNA Japan (@ShingetsuNews) August 23, 2015
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It is noted that the US Army houses soldiers at the Sagami General Depot, but there are currently no immediate reports of injuries or death in Monday morning’s explosions.
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