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Flight schedules at Miyazaki airport were briefly disrupted Sunday as the removal by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force of an unexploded bomb, apparently dropped nearby by the U.S. military during World War II, took longer than anticipated, according to airport and airline officials.

The GSDF members removed the fuse from the dud in an operation lasting two hours and 45 minutes, much longer than the initially anticipated time of around one hour.

The delay caused the cancellation of an All Nippon Airways flight, two Japan Airlines flights and two Oriental Air Bridge flights, according to airline officials.

ANA was also forced to change the destination of two of its flights from Miyazaki to Kagoshima airport in Kagoshima Prefecture, while JAL had to arrange two special flights.

Miyazaki airport also reported delays to other flights.

The airport imposed flight restrictions because the west end of the airport was within a radius of 400 meters of the disposal site, an area designated for evacuation.

Around 1,700 people were evacuated from the area while GSDF personnel removed the detonator from the 250-kg dud found at a construction site in Miyazaki City.

The 120-cm long, 35 cm-diameter dud was discovered on Jan. 24.

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