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Dredge Scoops Japanese Torpedo From Pearl Harbor Mud

May 3, 1991

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) _ A World War II vintage Japanese aerial torpedo was scooped from the mud nearly 50 years after it apparently missed its target in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, a Navy spokesman said.

″I suppose you can make the assumption it’s been there since the attack,″ said Joel Keefer, a spokesman for the naval base here.

The harbor near Ford Island was being dredged when the torpedo was scooped from the mud, Keefer said Thursday.

Workers notified Navy explosives experts who moved torpedo to a safer area, he said. The ordnance team will determine if the torpedo can be disarmed, Keefer said. If not, it probably will be carried out to sea and destroyed.

Pearl Harbor was closed to tour boats following the discovery, and trips by the Ford Island ferry were suspended for a time, Keefer said.

He said the torpedo was in the area area where the USS Oklahoma was tied up and sunk on Dec. 7.

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