Bomb scare briefly closes runway at Japan's Narita airport
Tokyo, Sept 13, 2018 (AFP) - Japan's Narita airport briefly closed one of
its two runways Thursday after what is suspected to be an unexploded shell was
found buried nearby, officials said.
Local police cleared the suspicious object and there were no flight
cancellations, as one runway operated as normal during the three-hour closure,
"Contractors involved in drilling work at night found something like an
explosive" in the soil, said a spokesman for Narita, Japan's main
international hub east of Tokyo.
The builders described the object as "something like an unexploded shell".
Police said the risks of an explosion were low but they are investigating.
Narita handles 40 million passengers and 250,000 flights a year.