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Japanese authorities found two clumps of metal they believe were used as part of the projectiles in the explosions reported near Camp Zama earlier this week, a Zama City police spokesman said Wednesday.

He said they were discovered in separate fields near Yatoyama Park, where Japanese police found two metal pipes supported by tripods shortly after the Monday night incident.

The police also found what appeared to be a burned lead wire and batteries, very similar to what surfaced at the same park in November 2002, the spokesman said. All the objects are being analyzed.

No one has claimed responsibility or offered any possible motive, but the investigation continues, according to the police spokesman.

Marine helicopters make precautionary landingCAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Two Marine helicopters made a precautionary landing Wednesday morning in a vacant parking lot in northeastern Okinawa.

According to a Marine Corps news release, the landing took place in a parking lot south of the Ginbaru training area due to inclement weather.

The helicopters, an AH-1 Super Cobra and a UH-1N Huey, “remained in the parking lot until the weather cleared and it was safe for them to resume their flight,” according to the release.

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