A mysterious metal ball was found on the beach of the coastal city of Hamamatsu, Japan. Photos/BBC
TOKYO – A large metal ball that washed up on a beach in Japan has confused local residents and led to speculation.
Authorities can’t yet say what it is. Not even the police or the bomb squad sent to investigate could tell what it was.
But what is known is that it is not a threat. Many suspect it is some kind of buoy.
These metal balls found in the coastal town of Hamamatsu are nicknamed “Godzilla eggs”, “mooring buoys” and “from outer space” by fascinated locals.
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Japan’s NHK news agency showed footage of two officials on Enshuhama Beach looking at a rusty metal ball that appeared to be 1.5m wide.
The ball was found by local residents who alerted police after seeing an unusual object on the beach.
Authorities cordoned off the area and carried out an X-ray inspection which could reveal no more clues than to confirm the object was safe.
A jogger on the beach told local media he was surprised by the furor, as the ball had been there for some time.
“I tried to push it but it wouldn’t move,” he told NHK.
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