A Vietnam War-era projectile weighing 862 kilograms was unearthed in the central province of Quang Tri on Thursday.
Locals in Hai Thai Commune, Gio Linh District discovered the missile about one meter below the ground while clearing a plot of land to plant trees.
Following the locals' alarm, a mobile bomb detection team under the UK-based Mines Advisory Group's Quang Tri Humanitarian Demining program cooperated with local authorities to defuse it and remove it with a crane.
The projectile was sent to a specialized facility where it will be destroyed later.
Unexploded ordinances left behind from the Vietnam War remain spread out across 6.6 million hectares of land, or more than a fifth of the country's total area, according to official figures.
Only 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) have been cleared so far.
Experts have estimated it will take hundreds of years and billions of dollars to completely rid Vietnam of leftover bombs, shells, and mines.
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