July 30, 2020 / 4:46 AM / 9 days ago

Japan restaurant blast kills one, injures more than a dozen - reports

The scene of an explosion that local media say left one person dead and 17 others injured, believed to have been caused by a gas leak at a hot pot style restaurant, is seen in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, July 30, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - An explosion at a hotpot restaurant in Japan killed one person and injured more than a dozen, media reported on Thursday.

The Onyasai restaurant in Fukushima was undergoing repairs, according to its owner, casual dining group Colowide Co, which operates a chain of the restaurants.

The company issued a statement apologising to the victims and said it was working with authorities to determine the cause.

Media showed footage of the restaurant reduced to a shell, with windows shattered in nearby buildings and pieces of metal and glass scattered around the block.

Some Twitter users in the area said they heard a loud bang at the time of the explosion and could smell gas.

Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Robert Birsel

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