War-era bomb unearthed from river in central Vietnam

By Nguyen Phuc, Thanh Nien News

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Sappers fish the 250-kg bomb out of Se Pon River in Quang Tri Province on August 11, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre 
A fisher caught a 250-kg bomb leftover of the Vietnam War while fishing on a river in the central province of Quang Tri on Tuesday.
Ho Van Phuong was casting his nets on Se Pon River and felt something stuck in the nets.
He dived into the nets to check and found the huge bomb. He immediately informed local authority of the discovery.
Sappers arrived at the scene and pull it out of the river.
The unexploded bomb was then relocated to another place and defused.
The 1.5m-long bomb was identified as a Mark 82 (Mk 82) – an unguided, low-drag general-purpose bomb, part of the US Mark 80 series.
Just one day earlier, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Norwegian-funded Project RENEW safely removed a huge bomb from the garden of a farmer in Quang Tri's Hai Lang District.
Quang Tri, the former demilitarized zone during the Vietnam War between 1954 and 1975, is one of the most contaminated areas in the world.
UXOs have killed and injured more than 8,000 people in Quang Tri, even after the war ended 40 years ago.

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