Firefighters operate at the site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 17, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Japanese police were investigating Monday the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings.Investigators were also looking into at least nine propane tanks installed in the building for the various businesses located inside.The two-story wooden building, which also housed a clinic, was seriously damaged, a Sapporo fire department official told AFP.The fire from the blast spread to neighbouring buildings, and debris blasted out by the explosion shattered the windows of nearby apartments and restaurants, according to local reports.The blast happened around 8.30 pm (1130 GMT), and the city government opened a shelter to house dozens of people whose homes were damaged.The explosion also caused a temporary blackout, with 250 buildings losing electricity, but power was later restored, he said.The three tenants in the building were poorly prepared for possible fires, Sapporo fire department official Takashi Shida told AFP.
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