The construction site where three unidentified shells were excavated in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, was sealed and all construction workers were dismissed, local police sources said Monday.
The construction site was sealed soon after three unidentified shells were unearthed on Saturday. One of the shells was broken, unleashing pungent smog.
Workers who had touched the shell felt difficult to breathe, but none of them showed tangible abnormal symptoms.
On Monday, over 80 construction workers left the construction site in succession.
At the work sheds near the construction site, only three or four workers still remained, but they were all going to leave.
"Since the construction work was ceased and every day will cost money, most of us chose to leave the site," said one worker.
"Bombs excavated in Qiqihar had poisoned people to death. Who knows whether the three shells are poisonous or not? It's better for us to leave before a conclusion is drawn," said Liu Haiyi, a worker from Zhaozhou County, Heilongjiang Province.
"The construction has just begun. It's not easy for us migrant workers to find a job in the city. We hope that a conclusion can be drawn soon so that we can come back to work as early as possible," said Ji Baohong, who is also working at the site.
Local police and antichemical personnel with the army removed the shells Saturday night for checkup. But a conclusion cannot be made until the final examination of antichemical personnel from Beijing who are scheduled to arrive Monday night, according to sources with the local police.