A collection of explosions erupted early Monday morning, at Sagami General Depot, a US military outpost in Kanagawa Prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo.
More than ten hearth vehicles have been dispatched to the location of the hearth, however no common evacuation of close by areas was known as.
The hearth was totally extinguished after firefighters deployed at the base have been joined by Japanese emergency responders, town hearth division stated. Meanwhile US Army Japan voiced their appreciation for the providers supplied by the native hearth division.
“The Army appreciates the quick reaction and support of our partners from the Sagamihara City emergency services,” the military assertion learn.
The constructing was not a hazardous materials storage facility and didn’t retailer ammunition or radiological supplies, the US Army added.
The hearth division of town of Sagamihara stated the blasts rang out shortly earlier than 1:00am native time, nationwide broadcaster NHK reported, and concerned what they termed “dangerous materials.”
“I was asleep, and at first thought it might have been the roar of thunder, but then there was a sequence of explosions for 10, maybe 15 minutes. A pillar of orange rose to the skies, and the air was filled with the smell of gunpowder,” one eyewitness instructed NHK.
Sagami General Depot is a sprawling 200-hectare facility, bordered by city areas and a practice line, with a college campus and a hospital in the neighborhood. A former WWII-era tank plant and arsenal, it at present homes the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and varied logistics and medical departments overseeing the US military community in the area.
The website, which has been underused in latest years, lies on prime actual property simply 40km from the guts of Tokyo, and has been topic of negotiations, with the US planning to finally return a lot of the territory, below the phrases of a 2006 settlement.