As far as we can find out, the bomb crater was created by a 2000 lb American bomb in the early 70’s, targeting a fuel depot that was located in the area around what is now the Bomb Crater Bar. The fuel depot made the area a prime bombing target for the Americans and there are more bomb craters located on the adjacent land.
The bomb crater is only a few metres deep now, but it would have been significantly deeper in the past. The location on the flood plain of the river means that it has been filled in by river sediment, vegetation and erosion on the nearly 50 years since it was created.
Whilst Quang Binh is one of the most contaminated areas in the world when it comes to unexploded ordinance, these days most unexploded ordinance is found buried in the ground. Clearing land for agriculture, building roads and digging foundations for buildings often exposes them. They are still very dangerous and should you come across an unexploded bomb, keep clear of it and inform the authorities.
If you are interested in supporting the removal of UXO in Vietnam, please consider a donation to MAG, an NGO that has done significant work in this area to clear unexploded ordinance. They are still active in this area and respond when bombs are found.
Fortunately there are no land mines in this part of the country as there was no ground fighting in the north.
There is no doubt that the people of Vietnam suffered considerably during this conflict and we hope that by retaining this bomb crater and sharing the story that visitors to Vietnam can have a small taste the legacy of Vietnam’s rich history.