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Tons of used bullets found on Chongqing roadside

HUNDREDS of thousands of used bullets were dumped on a roadside in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, causing a stir among villagers and a police investigation.

The bullets, estimated to weigh 30 tons, covered one-third of a road in Wanshou Village in Chongqing's Yongchuan District, today's Chongqing Evening News reported.

Yang Changchun, a private steel mill owner, got the bullets from a local arsenal and will recycle them into steel products at his mill, villagers told the newspaper.

Still, villagers were worried that the bullets could be used for evil purposes.

Police officers were also stunned at the site of so many bullets and told the newspaper they were unaware of such a deal between the arsenal and mill. They are investigating the case.

According to Chinese gun management regulations, police are the only authorized body to destroy guns. Civilians are banned from using guns.

Yang's workers were seen washing the bullets at the roadside river. The cleaned bullets will be sent to Yang's mill to be recycled into steel products, they said. The workers had been cleaning the bullets for four days.

They told the newspaper the bullets were escorted to the village by armed police.

Yang's mill had previously been punished by the local government for making poor quality steel products, the newspaper said.


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