A popular scuba diving location has been sealed off after 13 unexploded bombs were identified by military divers in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District today, July 21.
Coast Guard personnel first sealed off the area yesterday after a recreational scuba diver reported finding a large unexploded military bomb yesterday afternoon at Mao’ao Bay at around 3:00 pm.
Military divers began a search of the area at around 9:00 am this morning, and by 2:45 pm had identified 13 large pieces of unexploded military ordnance along with part of a ship’s hull.
The bombs are difficult to identify due to their age and condition.
Two Coast Guard patrol vessels were dispatched to guard the area and prevent fishing boats from entering the area while relevant military units discuss disposal methods.
Older residents in the area said they believed that a military ship carrying bombs had sunk in the area in the Japanese colonial era, according to a Liberty Times report.
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