World War II Bomb Tokyo: Watch Controlled Detonation At Busy Japan Train Station [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on June 5, 2013 10:58 AM EDT

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A World War II Bomb in Tokyo was discovered less than 300 feet from a busy train station. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A live World War II bomb was discovered in Tokyo on Tuesday. According to the Christian Post, a construction crew alerted authorities when they unearthed a bomb that measured approximately two feet long located dangerously close to a busy train station while working on a site.

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Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force quickly responded to the World War II bomb discovery and ordered an evacuation of the nearby Tokyo train station as well as of all shops and store fronts within 300 feet from the bomb. Local Traffic was stopped while a bullet train line and commuter train services were suspended.

Due to the volatility of war time explosives, Tokyo authorities opted to detonate the bomb rather than diffuse or move it. A 10-foot mound of sandbags was piled on top of the World War II bomb in order to contain the force of the explosion and minimize its impact to the surrounding environment. Finally, the controlled detonation of the World War II bomb in Tokyo occurred four minutes before noon.

Recorded by local media, Christian Post reported the strong blast was felt several blocks away. Reports also claim the blast was heard across the city. No injuries were reported.

While the controlled detonation of the World War II bomb was a success, Japan authorities admit that the war bomb found Tuesday won't be the last. Japan was heavily bombed by Allied forces right before the nation offered its unconditional surrender in 1945. However, the bomb found in Tokyo is likely a Japanese explosive shell of the type fired from an Imperial Army anti-aircraft gun.

Japan officials asked that future individuals who discover an unexploded bomb immediately contact local authorities.

Be sure to watch the incredible video of the controlled detonation of the World War II bomb in Tokyo:

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