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Unexploded ordnance found at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 26, 2017

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Construction workers have unearthed unexploded ordnance at Yokota in western Tokyo in an area that houses the U.S. Forces Japan commander and other high-ranking officers, an Air Force statement said.

The discovery, which happened just before noon Monday at Kenney Court, prompted security forces to cordon off the area and notify an explosive ordnance disposal team to assess the situation. The area was still blocked off as of 5 p.m., although the perimeter had been reduced from its initial 300 feet.

There was no threat to base personnel or the local community, a base spokesman said.

On June 14, a military team investigating “possible unexploded ordnance” at Tokorozawa Communication Site in Saitama Prefecture found the item to actually be construction material, Air Force officials said.

The small base, which is not far from Yokota, relays ground-to-air and ship-to-shore communications for USFJ.

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Security forces cordon off an area where construction workers discovered unexploded ordnance at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Monday, June 26, 2017.
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