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Unexploded WWII shell in controlled detonation in Japan

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 00:49

Feb. 17 - An unexploded World War II shell disrupts travel for thousands in Japan and forces residents to evacuate as bomb disposal experts detonate the device. Travis Brecher reports.

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An unexploded World War II shell discovered near Hamamatsu City in October 2012 is detonated in a controlled explosion on Sunday. Weighing more than 850 kilos, the shell is believed to have been dropped by the U.S. Air Force during the Second World War. Local train travel was disrupted and thousands of local residents were evacuated from the area. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED MALE EVACUEE SAYING: "I did feel a bit concerned, but more than that I couldn't believe that there are still some shells around." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE EVACUEE SAYING: "Just in case something was to happen that would be terrible, so I feel safer coming here while it's happening." The shell was safely detonated on a beach about four kilometres from where the device was found.

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Unexploded WWII shell in controlled detonation in Japan

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 00:49