About 180 people were evacuated after police found a cache of weapons, including what appeared to be a rocket launcher, during a search of a storehouse in Kitakyushu on Thursday.
A bomb disposal squad removed the weapons at about 10:40 p.m., allowing the residents of 93 households in Tobata Ward to return home.
According to the Fukuoka prefectural police, the two-story wooden storehouse was being searched in connection with an insurance fraud case. At about 2 p.m., they found the apparent rocket launcher, five handguns and more than 50 rounds of live ammunition.
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(Jiji Press )