Apparent Flare Bomb On Okinawa Farmland

Apparent flare bomb on Okinawa farmland

What appears to be a flare bomb has been found on farmland in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. No one was injured.

An eyewitness says an object fell on the town of Kin at around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Local government officials say they located the object on a causeway between rice paddies. They say it consists of a roughly 10-centimeter-long cylinder and a parachute canopy measuring 1 meter in diameter.

The area is just over 200 meters south of Camp Hansen, where US troops routinely conduct firing practice.

The US military had notified Okinawa's prefectural government that it would hold a six-day live-fire drill starting on Monday.

The local bureau of Japan's Defense Ministry collected the object and asked the US military if it belongs to one of its units and, if that is the case, to identify the object.