Over half a century later, remnants of war can still be found.
At a house in Ujinakanda, Hiroshima, some people decided to spend the Golden Week holiday by doing a little spring cleaning in the late morning of 3 May. However, what started out as a tedious chore turned into a life-threatening situation as a piece of unexploded ordnance was found in one of the home’s closets.
Despite their age dating back to World War II, these undetonated weapons can still go off and should not be touched, even in the slightest, unless by a trained professional. So, these holiday organizers did the right thing and called the fire department, who sent word to the Ground Self-Defense Force 13th Division.
When the GSDF arrived they blocked off all surrounding traffic and carefully removed the weapon so that it could be safely exploded elsewhere. The projectile was said to be 27 centimeters (11 inches) long and 90 millimeters (3.5 inches) in diameter, weighing in at eight kilograms (18 pounds).
▼ In other words, it was the biggest bombshell to come out of the closet since Dumbledore
The shell was Japanese-made, but how it ended up in the closet of this particular house is unclear. However, it often seems as though these unexploded bombs are found in populated areas such as the one found 2 years ago in downtown Osaka.
This time, the ordnance was discovered about 4 kilometers south of JR Hiroshima Station in a residential area. Firefighters requested people evacuate their homes, but the area was successfully cleared by the afternoon.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident, but it serves as a reminder that the harmful effects of war linger on well after the shooting stops and those who waged it have died. However, compared to some other less fortunate, landmine-ridden locations in the world, Japan came out relatively safe.