Japan police probe blasts near U.S. base
September 15, 2008
Japanese authorities are investigating two small explosions heard Friday night near Yokosuka Naval Base.
No one has claimed responsibility, a Yokosuka police spokesman said Saturday. Police said their investigation includes the possibility the explosions — which were reported near a train station several blocks from the U.S. base — were from projectiles aimed at the base.
Police reported no injuries, but a 4-inch-diameter hole was found on the balcony of a nearby home. It’s unknown whether it was damaged by a projectile or a stone thrown from the blast.
Yokosuka police received four calls just past 10:30 p.m. Friday from residents in Shioiri-cho claiming they heard two explosions, the spokesman said.
He said police searching the area found two 39-inch-long metal pipes, burnt lead wire and batteries in a hilly, wooded area southwest of the base. One pipe was buried in the ground with 8 inches of it showing above the surface.