Japanese airport closed after WWII bomb found

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  1. sobore
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    A major airport in northern Japan was closed Tuesday after construction workers found an unexploded bomb believed to be from World War II.

    All 92 flights in and out of Sendai airport were cancelled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb was uncovered during construction near a runway, local police official Hiroshi Ouchi said. The bomb was identified as American-made and is believed to be a dud from World War II.

    It appeared to have a working detonator, and a military bomb squad was considering whether to move the bomb or explode it on the spot. Sandbags were piled up around the bomb, and local officials said evacuations of nearby homes were being considered. They added that the area had been sealed off and there was no immediate concern the bomb would explode.

    The Sendai airport, a regional hub for travel into northern Japan, was closed for months due to severe damage from last year's tsunami. It is still undergoing reconstruction.

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    The airport is now open again (from Wednesday morning, October 31) :)

    Drove my cousin there this morning!

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