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WWII era munition found on road in Yonabaru Town

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

A local resident discovered an unexploded WWII-era shell in Yonabaru Town Monday morning, sending the Ground Self-Defense Force Unexploded Ordnance Disposal Squad into action.

The EOD unit received a call from Okinawa Prefectural Police following a 110 call from a man in his fifties taking a walk. He had discovered an unexploded shell on the road about 50 meters west from a cleaning company facility in Itarashiki district of Yonabaru Town at 9:00 a.m.

The EOD unit immediately retrieved the unexploded shell, an American-made trench mortar shell about six cm in diameter and about 10 cm length. EOD says a fuse wasn’t attached. Nobody was injured, and no resident evacuations were undertaken.

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