It was all round wailing and tears at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, where an explosion occurred which injured at least 42 people.
Fires broke out following the incident in the northern city of Sapporo, Kyodo news agency said, and images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air.
A police officer for the Hokkaido region told AFP “there are 42 injuries” but no one was killed.
The cause of the blast is being investigated. One witness reportedly said he had smelled gas after the explosion.
According to Jiji news, the building that housed the restaurant was heavily damaged, as were other nearby businesses, including a real estate company, children were also injured in the blast.
National broadcaster NHK said it took firefighters several hours to extinguish the flames.
Police warned earlier of possible secondary explosions, according to Kyodo, which described buildings collapsing following the incident around 8.30 pm (1130 GMT).