WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan
(SENDAI, Japan) — Officials closed one of northern Japan’s major airports Monday upon the discovery of an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War II, near a runway.
Flight arrivals and departures were canceled at Sendai airport while a bomb disposal unit investigated the device, found during construction work. The unit determined the WWII-era bomb had been made in the U.S.
BBC News reports the airport, now under construction for repairs after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, had operated as a Japanese military flight school during the war.
Sendai police officials are considering evacuating nearby homes as the disposal unit decides how to remove the ordinance, BBC reports.
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