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Unexploded WWII ordnance discovered on Shuri HS grounds

Date Posted: 2011-09-17

Three unexploded World War II ordnance pieces have been discovered on the grounds of Shuri High School, sending school officials and other authorities on a more extensive search for more.

The three shells were found in a field at the high school in Mawashi-cho, Shuri, in Naha City, bringing Japanese Ground Self Defense Force explosive ordnance specialists to the scene. Two of the items, a 75mm mortar shell and a 105mm artillery round were immediately taken from the scene by the EOD technicians.

No evacuations were required from the school as a result of discovering the American-made World War II rounds. The third piece, an unexploded 50kg bomb, still had a fuse, requiring the bomb disposal squad to leave it in place for disposal another day.

Discovery of another 50kg bomb on the school grounds in August prompted authorities to begin conducting a magnetic image search of the area, an action that uncovered the latest three rounds. Tsutomu Maeda, the Shuri High School assistant principal, says “the magnet image search work will take a long time, but we’ll be conducting this to insure the safety of students.

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