War-time bomb defused in Tokyo business district

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 3:23pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

An unexploded 220kg incendiary bomb from the second world war was successfully defused and removed from Tokyo’s business district on Sunday after a delicate hour-long operation, officials said.

Around 200 residents evacuated their homes within a 100-metre radius of the bomb, which was found last month at a construction site in Motoakasaka area of Minato ward, as soldiers worked on removing the device.

Japense Self Defence Force members started to defuse the rusty ordnance, which was discovered 4.5-metres underground, at 9.13 am and had safely removed it from the area by 10.18am, officials said.

The area was declared safe shortly afterwards, they added.

Tokyo was a target of intense US air raids near the end of the second world war and about 70 unexploded bombs are found in the capital every year, according to the local administrative office.