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)