An explosion at a restaurant damaged several houses and businesses in the Toyohira district of Sapporo (Hokkaido prefecture) on the evening (local time) of Sunday, December 16. Police and fire services responding to the incident closed several streets due to debris and the ensuring fire located roughly three kilometers (1.8 mi) from the city center. At least 20 people were injured in the explosion; the cause is still under investigation. Residual transportation disruptions are expected in the area.
Individuals in Sapporo are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the site of the blast and fire, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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