WWII-era explosives weighing around 10 metric tons were set off during a controlled detonation in Hengyang city, Hunan province yesterday.
The abandoned bombs were connected to igniting devices and placed in a pit for the controlled detonation. More than 1,000 bombs, including 22 air-bombs, were left behind in Hengyang by the Japanese army during the Second World War, according to China News.
Occasionally, and terrifyingly enough, a war-time bomb is uncovered from the earth after having rested there for some 70 odd years. That was the case in February, when a 2,000-pound WWII bomb was discovered, unexploded, at a construction site in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley. The bomb was believed to have been dropped by US planes in day-long raid on Japanese military positions in 1945.