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A metal sphere of unknown origin has washed up on a beach in Japan, prompting officials to block off the area in order to investigate it.
A local woman reported the sphere to the police on Tuesday, Asahi News reported. The ball washed up on Enshu Beach in Hamamatsu City, the outlet reported, and it is described as being an "iron ball" with a diameter of 1.5 meters. Officials quickly restricted access to an area encompassing a 200-meter radius while they investigated.
Asahi News noted that the object is rusted—hence the assumption that it is made of iron—and has a handle-like protrusion that would allow it to be hooked to something else. Footage from Fuji News Network (FNN) showed officials dressed in protective gear surrounding the object with equipment. According to the outlet, an X-ray scan revealed that it was hollow. Officials determined that there was no risk of an explosion and lifted restrictions at 4 p.m., but have not yet determined what it is, FNN reported.
Japanese Officials Investigate Mysterious Sphere That Washed Up on Beach
Officials blocked off a 200-meter radius to investigate the sphere, which closely resembles a metal buoy, but have not determined what it is.