Man injured while cutting open Vietnam War artillery shell

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A man in the north-central province of Ha Tinh was seriously injured Tuesday when an artillery shell left over from the Vietnam War exploded while he and his friend were trying to saw it open, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.


Tran Dinh Thong, 35, of Cam Xuyen District is being treated at a hospital in Hanoi for jaw, brain, and facial injuries and two broken arm bones.


Thong and his friend found the shell on a beach in Cam Linh Commune and took it to a workshop belonging to an acquaintance where they tried to cut it open with an electric saw.


The shell exploded and sent fragments flying all over.


Thong was rushed to hospital with debris embedded in his face. His friend sustained minor injuries.


Unexploded bombs have been killing an average of four people and injuring six others every day since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.


More than 40,000 people have died so far.


According to the government, US$10 billion is needed to remove the estimated 800,000 tons of UXO and billions more to resettle people and ensure social welfare in the affected communes.


At the current pace it will take 300 years.


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