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Unexploded naval mine washes up on shores of Taiwan’s Penghu

Naval mine presumed to be remnant of an earlier era

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(Penghu Defense Command photo)

(Penghu Defense Command photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A bomb disposal team from the Army on Friday (Nov. 26) will detonate an unexploded naval mine recently found washed up on the shore of Penghu’s Huxi Township, CNA reported.

The Penghu Defense Command said on Thursday that the Coast Guard recently found the mine on a beach. A bomb disposal team from the command has cordoned off the area surrounding the bomb, and the team will detonate it between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday, the command added.

According to the command, the mine, which has a diameter of 70 centimeters, has been seriously rusted, and the batch and part numbers are unrecognizable. The mine is similar to one found on an island in Penghu's Wang'an Township last Septmber.

It is not a standard combat weapon of the armed forces and is presumed to be of an earlier era.

Unexploded naval mine washes up on shores of Taiwan’s Penghu
(Penghu Defense Command photo)

*Correction 2021/11/26:

An earlier version of this story referred to the unexploded device as a torpedo, but it is in fact a naval mine.