A total of more than 160 casualties were reported in what is believed the greatest explosion of its kind in postwar Japan.
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Background: A total of more than 160 casualties were reported in what is believed the greatest explosion of its kind in postwar Japan.
The explosion broke out in Nagano Prefecture many miles west of Tokyo shortly after 2 p.m. on March 29.
As the result of the explosion 103 farm houses and other buildings including schools in Kamisato-mura were damaged besides the complete destruction of several plant buildings and houses close to them.
The first explosion broke out about 2:35 p.m. but in a moment it was followed by a series of larger explosions.
The havoc wrought by the terrific explosion was tremendous.
As of 8 p.m. the bodies of seven persons including that of the owner of the fireworks plant were recovered and seven were found serious injured and more than 100 suffered burns.
The blast covered a radius of one kilometer shooting out high into the sky a mushroom-like cloud.
Among the killed, injured were many primary and senior high school students either playing in the playground or in their classrooms.