230kg war bomb deactivated in central Vietnam

By Duc Hung   November 29, 2016 | 11:41 pm PT
230kg war bomb deactivated in central Vietnam
The huge war bomb found under a canal in Ha Tinh Province on Tuesday. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Hung
Around 1,500 people are killed every year in the country by unexploded ordnance.

Military officers in the central province of Ha Tinh defused a 230kg (507lbs) bomb on Wednesday after it was unearthed by construction workers.

The workers discovered the bomb in the bed of a canal a day earlier.

Officer said the bomb was a highly destructive MK82 used by the U.S. during the war.

An officer said there are still several bombs from the war buried in the area.

Massive bombs left over from the war are a constant threat in central Vietnam.

Unexploded ordnance still covers a fifth of the country and explosions occur frequently, killing more than 1,500 people every year and maiming and injuring 2,200 more, according to official data.

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