'World War Two' Bomb Find Shuts Japan Airport

30 October 2012
A huge unexploded World War II bomb has been found buried near the runway of Sendai airport in Japan
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File photo shows a JAL passenger plane landing at Sendai airport in Natori, Miyagi prefecture. A huge unexploded World War II bomb has been found buried near the runway of one of Japan's busiest regional airports, forcing all flights to be cancelled Tuesday, officials said.

A major airport in northern Japan has been closed after an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War Two, was found.

Flights in and out of Sendai airport were cancelled after the 250kg (550lb) device was uncovered during construction near a runway.

It was identified as American-made and is believed to be a dud from World War II.

Local police official Hiroshi Ouchi said a military bomb squad was called and evacuations were being considered.

Japanese cities were bombed heavily during World War II, and finding duds is not unusual.

The rusty condition of the bombs can make them prone to detonate when moved.

The Sendai airport was closed for months due to damage from last year's tsunami.

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