Chinese Fishmonger Finds Bomb Inside Squid

A pretty fishy case

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Guangzhou Daily newspaper

A screenshot of the Guangzhou Daily online report on an unexploded bomb found inside a squid by a Chinese fishmonger

A fishmonger in southern China found a live bomb inside one of his squid.

The man — identified only as Mr. Huang by the Guangzhou Daily — said that while he was gutting the squid, his knife suddenly hit something metallic.

That turned out to be a 3-lb. unexploded bomb. The 8-in.-long device had apparently been swallowed by the squid — itself measuring over 3 ft. The mollusk was caught in shallow waters off Guangdong province and taken to the local fish market.

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Chinese authorities speculated that the bomb, although old and rusty, was fully operational and might have been dropped by a warplane. They could not say how old it was or whether it was of Chinese origin, writes the Daily Mail. Police took the bomb away to be detonated in a controlled explosion.

Huang, who has been a fishmonger for 10 years, told the Guangzhou Daily: “This sort of squid lives close to the shore and normally makes a meal of small fish and prawns.

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“Perhaps he thought the bomb was his favorite food and gulped it down. He certainly had a big belly when he was caught.”

Reporting the incident, the Guangzhou Daily reminded its readers to always call the police if they find explosives in their food.

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