World War II shells found in northeast China
HARBIN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Locals have found 32 shells left by the invading Japanese troops during World War II at two separate sites in Heihe, a China-Russia border city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, authorities said on Saturday.
Workers from Yongfeng Village of Nenjiang City, governed by Heihe, found 16 shells when they were working on a tap water project on Monday, and reported it to the local police. The rusty shells measured 30 cm long and 8 cm in diameter.
In a separate incident, residents of Dawusili Village in Heihe's Aihui District found multiple shells when they were fishing along a river on Thursday. Local police rushed to the site and found a total of 16 shells. Police said that days of rainstorms caused flash floods in the vicinity, which could have brought the shells to light.
Police have moved the shells for proper investigation and storage.
Japanese troops invaded northeast China in September 1931 and occupied the region until they surrendered in August 1945. After the Japanese retreated, a large number of bombs, shells, and mines were left behind. Undiscovered explosives still pose a threat to local residents. Enditem