HARBIN, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Forty shells left by Japanese troops during World War II have been found at a construction site in the city of Qiqihar in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local police said Saturday.
The shells were discovered last Sunday morning, when an excavator was being used at a construction site in the city's Jianhua District, according to the municipal public security bureau.
The fuze and bodies of the rusted shells were still intact and posed a safety risk. Police have moved the shells and stored them safely in a special warehouse, according to the bureau.
Two Japanese chemical weapon units were once stationed in Qiqihar when the city was occupied by the invading Japanese troops in the 1930-40s. After the Japanese were defeated, large amounts of bombs, shells and mines were left behind. Undiscovered explosives still pose a threat to local residents.
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