Bombs with detonators intact found in central Vietnam

By Hai Binh   March 20, 2023 | 10:39 pm PT
Bombs with detonators intact found in central Vietnam
A soldier inspects bombs found underground in Nghe An Province. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Linh
A family in central Nghe An Province found three unexploded bombs 20 meters apart while they were digging the ground to build their home.

Military engineers from the Nghe An Military Headquarters on Monday said local military and militia forces had dug out the three bombs in Tan Ky District, and transported them to an empty plot of land.

The bombs, located 1.5-2 meters underground, were about 50 meters away from people's homes with their detonators still intact. The words and symbols on their hulls had already faded over time.

The bombs will be detonated and disposed of on Tuesday.

The area where the bombs were found was heavily bombarded by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

All Vietnam localities are contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), with 5.6 million ha of land affected, according to the Vietnam National Mine Action Center. Around 600,000-800,000 tons of UXO are still hidden underground, and 110,000 people have been injured by them.

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