A local man examines the bombshell, now used as a prayer bell in rural Laos.
From 1964 to 1973, American bombers dropped over two million tons of bombs on rural areas of Laos, a fiery sideshow to the conflict in Vietnam. About 700 lbs of bombs were dropped for every man, woman and child in Laos.
Here’s a detail of the writing on the bomb.
Some of these bombs failed to detonate on impact but are still active, and continue to kill and maim civilians today.
Often, people are killed while trying to harvest scrap metal from the fallen bombs.
Bombshells are now used as flower pots, as boats and as stilts for traditional Lao homes. The prayer bell bombshell in the photos is located at a temple in rural Khammoune Province.