By KAMERON ROBERTSON
On October 23, 2016, a man was killed and three people were injured in a gruesome explosion in a Japanese park on Sunday afternoon. A suicide note was found stuffed inside the sock of a 72-year old resident of Utsunomiya, Japan, local police told CNN, after he was blown apart by an explosive device.
The incident took place near the parking lot of Joshi Park, in Utsunomiya, where a festival was being held. Utsunomiya Police told CNN they received emergency calls saying a man was burning, and when they arrived they found metal pieces in the area and a severely damaged body. A number of locals reported hearing at least one explosion on Sunday, which left two nearby cars on fire. Utsunomiya Fire Department officials told CNN that both cars were destroyed in the fire while a nearby building was also partially burned.
Apart from Kurihara, three other people were injured in the explosion on Sunday, two of them are in critical condition. Local police confirmed that a 64-year-old man suffered a head injury and possible ear-drum rupture, while a 58-year-old man suffered lung and liver damage. A 14-year-old boy was also injured in the blast, but only lightly, according to authorities. Local media reported Kurihara was a retired Self Defense Forces officer. Police confirmed his home had also caught fire earlier that day.