Busan residents report errant howitzer to police; driver fined
Stars and Stripes March 23, 2006
SEOUL — A South Korean truck driver was fined for illegally parking his truck — carrying an uncovered U.S. self-propelled howitzer — in a residential neighborhood in Busan, according to police officials.
Police said the driver, identified only as a 35-year-old man named Hong, was contracted to bring the equipment from Camp Carroll to a pier at Busan’s port.
The port was closed when Hong arrived at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, police said, leading him to park it overnight outside an apartment complex.
Concerned apartment residents called police, who reported to the scene with members of the South Korean military at about 1:30 a.m.
The residents were “very surprised and agitated,” according to a police spokesman.
Police said that Hong planned on taking the truck to the port when it opened Tuesday morning. Police fined the driver 50,000 won (about $50).
A U.S. military spokeswoman, contacted early Tuesday afternoon, were unable to comment on the police reports.