Unexploded 500-Pound Bomb Found in Vietnam Near Ex-U.S. Camp

An unexploded 500-pound (227-kilogram) bomb was removed from near the site of a former U.S. military camp in Vietnam, according to an organization that deals with remnants of war such as munitions and landmines.

The MK-82 bomb was found in Lang Vei, in Tan Lap commune in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri, according to an e-mailed statement from Project Renew, which receives support from the governments of Norway and the U.S. Tan Lap commune is in a district called Huong Hoa, near the country’s border with Laos.

The bomb was unearthed Aug. 16 at a depth of about 10 feet by local men searching for scrap metal in an area where an electricity transmission line is under construction. It was removed the next day in a six-hour process by an explosives ordnance disposal team, Project Renew said.

Lang Vei was the site of a Special Forces camp from 1966 to 1969, according to the website of the U.S. Army. The U.S. and Vietnamese governments will continue to cooperate in clearing bombs and mines, with the American side providing facilities and technology, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh said during a June visit to Hanoi by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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