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World War II Bomb: Tokyo Trains Stopped as Dud Is Detonated

Image: World War II Bomb: Tokyo Trains Stopped as Dud Is Detonated Members of a bomb disposal unit from Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces prepare to detonate a World War II-era bomb discovered near a busy rail track in northern Tokyo on June 4, 2013.

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 09:49 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Train service was temporarily halted in Tokyo Tuesday after an unexploded World War II bomb was discovered at a construction site in the country's busy capital.

A total of 150 train services, including 53 Shinkansen bullet-train services, were affected, a spokesman for East Japan Railway told Agence Presse France, adding 90,000 people would be affected.

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Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force was dispatched to safely detonate the dud, which is believed to have belonged to Japan's Imperial Forces. The rusty, 40-centimeter (16-inch) shell was found during excavation work.

Stumbling upon unexploded missiles is not uncommon in Japan's cities, which were heavily bombed by the U.S. during World War II.

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