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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.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.
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