TOKYO — Multiple explosions and a large fire at a U.S. depot lit up the night sky in a Tokyo suburb early Monday. No injuries were reported.
The blast happened after midnight at the Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara, a city about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, said Commander Bill Urban, a press .
The building that exploded was storing compressed nitrogen, oxygen, Freon and air, a statement issued by the U.S. Japan said. Photos taken after daybreak and released by the show dozens of gray canisters lying on the floor, and what looks like mangled storage racks.
The walls of the one-story, concrete building remain intact, but the windows and doors are damaged and about half of the roof collapsed, the said. There are no indications of injuries.
Video on Japanese television, apparently shot from an elevated place outside the post, shows a fire in the distance and subsequent explosions shooting small fiery blasts into the sky. A woman told national broadcaster NHK that it sounded like fireworks.
About 580 people work at the 200-hectare (500-acre) depot, NHK said.
Base firefighters were joined by Japanese emergency responders in fighting the fire to present its spread to nearby buildings, the said.
“The appreciates the quick reaction and support of our partners from the Sagamihara City emergency services,” said an earlier statement from U.S. Japan.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.