An unexploded bomb from World War II was removed from a construction site near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sunday, March 17, 2019. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES
An unexploded bomb from World War II was removed from a construction site near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sunday, March 17, 2019. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Workers defuse, remove 500-pound WWII-era bomb near MCAS Iwakuni

by Jamese Bolinger and Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — A World War II-era American bomb was removed safely Sunday morning from a school construction site in Iwakuni by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians defused the bomb in two hours, an Iwakuni City crisis-management official said. The 500-pound bomb was discovered Jan. 7 at the construction site about 1.25 miles north of MCAS Iwakuni.

Iwakuni-based Marines and sailors were directed to shelter in place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. if they were near the construction site, which is close to the Iwakuni train station.

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