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Explosion Rocks Downtown Tokyo Building, Injuring Four

An explosion ripped through a building in downtown Tokyo on Monday, causing widespread damage and sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky, according to Japanese media reports. However, authorities swiftly brought the fire under control, averting further catastrophe.

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The incident, which occurred in the Shinbashi area of Tokyo, left four people wounded, three of whom sustained serious injuries. Fortunately, all of the victims remained conscious throughout the ordeal, as confirmed by public broadcaster NHK. NHK also aired video footage that depicted flames engulfing the shattered second floor of the building, as debris littered the surrounding area.

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Eyewitnesses reported a strong odor of gas before the explosion, though the exact cause remains unknown at this time. One such witness, 26-year-old restaurant worker Shinobu Nakagawa, recounted the terrifying moment: “I’d just got to work and was starting preparations when there was a really loud explosion. Furniture and shards of glass were scattered everywhere, and when I looked up, smoke was surging upwards.” Nakagawa quickly grabbed his phone and evacuated the premises, prioritizing his safety.

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The blast unfolded in a bustling district near a busy railway station in Tokyo renowned for its vibrant assortment of bars and restaurants frequented by office workers. The incident has raised concerns about the safety of the area, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

As the investigation continues, residents and business owners in the vicinity anxiously await further updates regarding the incident, hopeful that swift measures will be taken to prevent such incidents from occurring again in the future.