CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A World War II-era bomb was unearthed Wednesday on Camp Kinser as Japanese contract workers were digging during a routine construction project.

The 500-pound bomb was discovered by the workers near Building 1411, according to Marine officials.

The workers halted their digging and the camp Provost Marshal’s Office was notified.

Area residents were evacuated and fire and medical support was requested, officials said.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 9th Engineer Support Battalion and Marine Corps Base eventually removed the bomb, officials said.

The EOD Marines “safely defused and subsequently excavated the bomb by hand,” officials stated in response to a query.

The bomb was loaded onto an EOD vehicle by heavy equipment provided by 3rd Transportation Support Battalion.

The technicians transported the bomb to Camp Schwab, where it was “safely disposed of,” Marine Corps officials said.

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