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Japanese balloon bomb scare, 1945

Posted on March 21, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Lexington patrolmen Robert Duncan, left, and Stanley Hadley examine a large rubber balloon which landed on North Mill Street near Second Street on the evening of Aug. 29, 1945. Residents in the area were frightened by the possibility it may have been a Japanese balloon bomb. A small crowd of people kept a safe distance while officers examined the balloon. The police took the balloon to their headquarters where they deflated it and discovered it contained natural gas. No identifying marks were visible on the balloon and officers were puzzled as to its possible origin. Published in the Lexington Herald on Aug. 30, 1945. Herald-Leader Archive Photo ****8/30/1945***on Page O.332

Lexington patrol officers Robert Duncan, left, and Stanley Hadley showed a large rubber balloon that landed on North Mill Street near Second Street on the evening of Aug. 29, 1945. Residents in the area were frightened by the possibility that it might have been a Japanese balloon bomb. A small crowd of people kept a safe distance while officers examined the balloon. The police took the balloon to their headquarters, where they deflated it and discovered that it contained natural gas. No identifying marks were visible on the balloon, and officers were puzzled as to its possible origin. The photo was published on the front page of the Aug. 30, 1945, Lexington Herald. Click here to see that front page. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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