A mysterious object has caused quite a stir in Japan as officials closed Enshuhama beach to investigate the appearance of a massive iron ball. The beach, situated in the city of Hamamatsu, was shut down due to safety concerns after a woman found the 1.5-meter metal sphere on the coast. Police were called to the scene and videos posted on Twitter show officials approaching the object while wearing protective uniforms.
The beach, situated about 250km from the capital Tokyo, had a 200-meter area cornered off due to the fear of explosion. The object was confirmed to be a sphere believed to be made of iron, according to police. Japanese bomb crews then X-rayed the object and determined that it did not pose any danger to the public.
Although Vice News speculated that the object resembled a mooring buoy due to its protrusion, its exact origins and purpose remain unknown. This incident has sparked a flurry of local and international media attention, especially in the wake of the recent incident where the United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon and the subsequent sightings of unidentified objects worldwide.
Japanese officials will reportedly remove the object with the help of local officials responsible for coastal management in Hamamatsu city. Meanwhile, the closure of the beach and the security fears associated with this mysterious object have left the local community on edge. It remains to be seen what this object is and how it ended up on Enshuhama beach.