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WWII era dud explodes, injures worker

Date Posted: 2001-06-22

Unexploded ordnance dating back to WWII blew up Monday afternoon at a landfill site in Nakagusuku Bay Port. The explosion was apparently set off when it was hit by a bulldozer working on the site. A piece of shrapnel hit the bulldozer’s driver on the left side of his head, causing a small cut.

The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Ordnance Removal Team later confirmed that the bomb had been a US made 2.36-inch rocket propelled grenade left over from the Battle of Okinawa.

Urasoe City Police is investigating the location where the soil used in the landfill was brought from, as they assume the bomb was brought together with the soil. According to construction workers, the soil is brought to the site from forty different locations with more than eight hundred dump trucks. That may make it impossible to identify where the ordnance came from.

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