Bomb removed from sea off Thanh Hoa Province

THANH HOA - A 400kg unexploded bomb has been excavated from the fishing area off the Lach Bang Port, central Thanh Hoa Province.

The bomb was found on Tuesday by Nguyen Hu Tuan, a fisherman from Dien Chau District, central Nghe An Province, when his fishing boat was about 12 miles off the port.

Tuan said the bomb, which was entangled in his net, was about 1.88m long with a diameter of 35cm and weighing about 400kg.

Right after snaring the bomb, Tuan informed Hai Thanh Commune authority and local border guards who immediately organised an excavation.

The bomb was suspected to be a kind of torpedo and would be defused by a professional bomb and landmine clearance team.

Earlier in August, an unexploded bomb weighing 200kg was excavated from Sepon River in central Quang Tri Province.

The bomb was found on the riverbed by a local who was also fishing in that section in the province's Huong Hoa District. It was also caught in his net.

The bomb was 1.5m long and the bomb clearance staff believed it was dropped by the US Army during the war.

The clearance team removed the explosive device to a safer place to defuse it.

Quang Tri was the locality hit the hardest by American bombing during the war.

Numerous unexploded devices remain unattended in the province, where over 80 per cent of the country's disabled people live.

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