Artillery shell explosion kills 3 family members in Vietnam

Three people in the same family, including a 3-year-old boy, were killed when a war-time artillery shell exploded in central Vietnam, an official said Wednesday.

Artillery shell explosion kills 3 family members in Vietnam
Three people in the same family, including a 3-year-old boy, were killed when a war-time artillery shell exploded in central Vietnam, an official said Wednesday.

The explosion Tuesday afternoon immediately killed Pham Van Nghia, 30, his wife Le Thi Tai, 28, and their 3-year-old son Pham Van Thanh at their house in Quang Nam province, 820 kilometers south of Hanoi.

"It was a shell of 130 millimeters in diameter left from the war against the Americans," said Diep Tan Luc, an official with the People's Committee of the province's Duy Nghia commune, where the accident happened.

The explosion happened when Nghia was cutting the shell with a saw, intending to remove the explosive inside and sell the shell as scrap metal, Luc said.

War-time ordinance has killed at least 10 people in Vietnam over the last two months, including four children.

Dozens of Vietnamese are killed every year by bombs, mines, or grenades, most of which are remnants of the Vietnam War - called the American War locally.

DPA
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