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(Update) 1 Killed, 17 Injured in Explosion in Northeastern Japan

(Update) 1 Killed, 17 Injured in Explosion in Northeastern Japan

   Koriyama, Fukushima Pref., July 30 (Jiji Press)--An explosion occurred at a restaurant in the city of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Thursday, killing a man and injuring at least 17 other people, local police and fire authorities said.
   A gas leak may have led to the explosion at the "shabushabu" Japanese hotpot dish restaurant, according to the Fukushima prefectural police department, which is investigating details of the accident.
   The body of the male victim was found at the restaurant facing a highway. Of the 17 injured people, two women in their 40s were severely wounded. They cannot walk by themselves but are conscious.
   A passer-by reported a sound of an explosion in an emergency phone call to police around 9 a.m. (midnight Wednesday GMT). The blast completely destroyed the one-story building of the restaurant, which was run by a unit of Colowide Co. <7616>.
   The restaurant was undergoing refurbishment in preparation for resuming operations on Friday following a suspension caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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