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Mysterious Radioactive Drone Lands On Japanese Prime Minister's Office

The drone was carrying a flare bearing the symbol for radioactivity, as well as a camera and a water bottle. It later tested positive for radiation.

Last updated on April 22, 2015, at 2:02 a.m. ET

Posted on April 22, 2015, at 1:51 a.m. ET

A drone under a tarp on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office in Tokyo.
Toru Hanai / Reuters

A drone under a tarp on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office in Tokyo.

A small drone landed on the Tokyo office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday, then later tested positive for radiation.

The drone measured about 20 inches in diameter and was carrying a flare bearing the symbol for radioactivity, a water bottle, and a camera, Reuters reported.

Thomas Peter / Reuters

An official found the drone, which did not cause injuries or damage.

Authorities later tested the drone and found low levels of radiation, according to Kyodo.

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The source of the radiation, as well as the origin and objective of the drone, remained a mystery Wednesday. However, Reuters did point out that the incident took place the same day that a court allowed a nuclear power plant to restart operations.

Abe was in attending a summit in Indonesia when the drone was discovered.

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