Fishmonger finds live bomb in squid
A FISHMONGER in the south of China was gutting a squid for a customer when his knife hit an eight-inch live bomb.
The squid, which was itself more than three feet-long, was caught in the shallow waters off Guangdong province, China, and taken to the fish market in Jiaoling county.
"This sort of squid lives close to the shore and normally makes a meal of small fish and prawns," said the fishmonger, who gave his name only as Mr Huang to the local Guangzhou Daily newspaper.
"Perhaps he thought the bomb was his favourite food and gulped it down. He certainly had a big belly when he was caught," he added.
The bomb weighed around three pounds and was shaped like an aubergine.
Local police suggested it might have been dropped by a fighter jet but did not date it.
Mr Huang said the police had arrived promptly after he called an emergency number and that they had taken it away and performed a controlled explosion.
The police said that despite the age of the bomb, and its rusty exterior, it remained active and could have detonated.
Under the headline "Squid Eats Bomb", the Guangzhou Daily reminded its readers to take care, should they find explosives in other comestibles, to always call the police.
In 2007, the remains of a 19th century timer bomb was found inside a bowhead whale.