A 227kg bomb was uncovered in the bed of the Bac Lieu-Ca Mau canal along National Highway 1A in the southern province of Bac Lieu last week. It was successfully defused by the provincial Military Command engineers.

The MK 82 bomb was used by American troops during the war in Vietnam . It is the smallest of those bombs in current service, and one of the most commonly air-dropped weapons in the world.

The bomb was found on a barge that was transporting sand. The owner and crew threw the bomb into the canal without reporting it. It was discovered later by local residents and they informed local authorities.

Local authorities said that the canal was an important route from HCM City , Can Tho and Mekong Delta provinces to the Ca Mau Peninsula. If the bomb had not been defused quickly, passing boats may have triggered an explosion.

Bombs and bullets are often found in the cargo of barges carrying sand from Can Tho city to Bac Lieu province, and owners are required to report them to the relevant authorities./.