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Man mistakes plumb-bob for bomb
鉛錘當砲彈 嚇壞蹓狗男

A soldier from the Bomb Disposal Unit works to dispose of a suspected undetonated bomb in Taipei on Oct. 31.
一位未爆彈處理小組的軍人十月三十一日於台北處理疑似為未爆彈之鉛錘。

Photo: Hsu Sheng-lun, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者徐聖倫

Around 9am on Oct. 31, a man in New Taipei City notified the police after spotting a small piece of iron that resembled a bomb lying at the side of the road. Everyone was relieved to know that it was merely a plumb-bob, a weight used as a vertical reference point to ensure that constructions are plumb, or vertical.

According to the police investigation, the quinquagenarian was walking his dog in the Ankang mountain area of Xindian District when he discovered a hunk of iron sitting alongside the road. After picking it up and noticing its significant weight he considered selling it, but while he was descending the mountain along Hecheng Road, he found that the piece of metal resembled a warhead, so he threw it alongside the road and notified the police.

After the police had been notified, they called in the military’s Bomb Disposal Unit, and both of them went on the scene together. They eventually located the unidentifiable object, which was approximately 20cm long and weighed around 5kg, and found that it was actually a plumb-bob, meaning that all the hype was for naught.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

新北市一名男子十月三十一日上午九時許,發現路邊有一鐵塊,越看越覺得像是「砲彈」,連忙報警;經確認是測水平用的「鉛錘」,才讓大家鬆了口氣。

警方調查,這名五十多歲的男子至新店安康山區蹓狗,發現路邊有一鐵塊,徒手撿起覺得稍有重量,想拿去變賣;男子沿著和成路下山,發覺鐵塊的形狀很像砲彈的彈頭,於是將它丟在路邊,並且通知警方處理。

警方獲報,同步通知國軍未爆彈處理小組,軍警人員到場,發現長約二十公分、重約五公斤的不明物並非彈頭,而是測量水平用的鉛錘,證實虛驚一場。

(自由時報記者徐聖倫)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. vertical adj.

垂直的 (chui2 zhi2 de5)

例: A vertical lift delivers the items to the top conveyor belt for further assembly.

(垂直起重機將物品吊送到上面的輸送帶繼續組合。)

2. descend v.

下來;下降 (xia4 lai4; xia4 jiang4)

例: Sasha fell as she was trying to descend from the tree.

(莎夏試圖從樹上爬下時摔落。)

3. for naught idiom

毫無結果 (hao2 wu2 jie2 guo3)

例: All our plans were for naught.

(我們所有計畫毫無結果。)


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