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8 Unexploded Vietnam Era Bombs Destroyed

Mon., Oct. 20, 1997

A military bomb squad destroyed eight unexploded Vietnam War era bombs Sunday which railroad workers had found while replacing tracks in an area where a similar bomb was discovered two weeks ago.

The bombs were found Saturday as workers replaced tracks in a spot where a single bomb was uncovered Oct. 6.

The site is near an area where a train load of bombs exploded 24 years ago.

About 500 people living nearby were evacuated when the bomb squad dug holes and blew up the bombs. No injuries were reported.

It is “very, very possible” that the site, where a train filled with ammunition exploded in 1973, holds additional unexploded bombs, sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Cooper said.

Union Pacific officials have suspended renovation work at the yard until at least today, when railroad and sheriff’s officials are to begin determining whether any more bombs are hidden.

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