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A man who was working at a real estate office in Sapporo has been referred to prosecutors by police for allegedly causing an explosion by emptying deodorizer spray cans last year and injuring more than 40 people nearby.

The 34-year-old former Apaman Co. branch manager is suspected of triggering the explosion last Dec. 16 by turning on a water heater in the two-floor office after he had filled it with flammable gas by emptying the spray cans for disposal.

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