Russian rocket from 1960s falls into Vietnamese house yard

By Nguyen Phuc – Cong Sang, Thanh Nien News

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Soldiers check a warhead that dropped into a yard in Quang Tri Province on April 15, 2016. Photo: Cong Sang Soldiers check a warhead that dropped into a yard in Quang Tri Province on April 15, 2016. Photo: Cong Sang

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A rocket of nearly 45 kilograms dropped into a local yard Friday, and military officers said it might have flown from a nearby hill where farmers’ fire accidentally triggered it.
Military officers in the central province of Quang Tri said the warhead plunged 30 centimeters into the backyard of a house in Lao Bao Town, Huong Hoa District. No one was hit.
Residents in the area said they heard the sound of it flying seconds before that.
The rusty rocket is of more than one meter long and 14 centimeters in diameter.
Officers said the Russian made rocket may have been left from the Vietnam War..
They have moved the item to a safe place.
Unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam War threatens a fifth of Vietnam’s land mass, and officials say explosions occur every day.
Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh had said last October that the explosions kill more than 1,500 people every year and maim and injure 2,200 more.
 

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