Artillery fuses found near Yokosuka housing area
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — More than 100 old artillery fuses were found outside a campground at the U.S. Navy’s Ikego Family Housing Area on Friday.
Local security personnel found the fuses in an area just outside the West Valley Campground. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit cleared the fuses, Yokosuka Naval Base spokesman Bill Doughty said.
“The fuses were unarmed, extremely old and corroded, and not attached to ordnance,” Doughty said.
The campground did not have to be closed, and Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt went on as planned, he said.
This is the third instance this year of ordnance found in the Zushi City residential complex.
The area was a former Japanese Imperial Navy munitions yard and was used later by the U.S. Army and Navy to store munitions before its conversion into housing.
The base recently incorporated a munitions awareness talk into the base orientation; signs are posted at Ikego showing residents what ordnance looks like.