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Objects that fell from sky not dangerous: ministry

Update: January, 06/2016 - 16:57
A strange sphere was found in Tuyen Quang on Saturday. Three objects that reportedly fell from the sky recently in northern Viet Nam were not explosive devices, but compressed air tanks of flying objects, the defence ministry has said. –– Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Defence yesterday reached a final conclusion about the origin of three objects that reportedly fell from the sky in the northern Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai provinces, the e-newspaper Dan Tri reported.

Deputy Chief of General Staff of Viet Nam People's Army Lieut Gen Vo Van Tuan said the metallic objects were not radioactive, and did not pose any danger to human life, as per the investigation done by functional local authorities as well as air and air defence forces.

He said the spherical objects were not explosive devices, but compressed air tanks of flying objects, possibly carrier rockets.

The objects were manufactured in Russia, but it was unclear whether they were used by Russia or some other country, he said.

The ministry is collecting information about the objects and will report to Viet Nam's National Civil Aviation Security Committee.

This report will be the foundation for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to warn nations that conduct space research about the need for careful handling of discarded equipment. It aims to prevent any impact on civil aviation security as well as the safety of residential areas.

Last Saturday morning, residents of Tan Dong Commune in Yen Bai's Tran Yen District and in Ten My Commune in Tuyen Quang's Chiem Hoa District heard thunder-like sounds and then discovered two bizarre spheres, measuring 40cm and 100cm in diameter, respectively. Another metal piece, weighing 0.2kg, was found in a nearby commune in Yen Bai later on the same day. — VNS

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