At least 19 people were wounded when a simmering feud between two villages erupted into a gun battle in the western Guangdong county of Wuchuan . Witnesses said the villagers used rifles and homemade bombs in the melee, which was rooted in a dispute over a road construction project. The violence was brought under control on Friday after local authorities brought in hundreds of police by bus and separated the two sides with blockades. The injured were taken to hospitals in Wuchuan city and nearby Zhanjiang city . No deaths had been reported by yesterday. The feuding villages have a long history of bitter rivalry, in Huangpo town. The residents from Xiaomeichen and Dameichen had argued over a road construction project that runs between the two settlements. The local government tried to mediate for a few days, but neither side was willing to compromise. Then, at 9am on Friday, about 300 men from Dameichen village armed with long knives and iron clubs attacked Xiaomeichen villagers, said a witness. But their move had been anticipated and the Xiaomeichen villagers retaliated with rifles and homemade bombs. 'It's like a real battle. The villagers dressed themselves in military uniforms and wore steel helmets. About a dozen of them had rifles. They shot each other and threw homemade bombs,' said a man from another village nearby. 'It's like a movie,' The battle attracted scores of onlookers from nearby villages. Some said they were also shot at by the feuding villagers who mistook them for enemies. The battle raged for hours before the police brought it under control. So far no one has been arrested, and calls to the Huangpo town government went unanswered. Feuds between villages and clans have become increasingly common on the mainland as residents fight for land, water and other basic resources. But large-scale fire fights like this are rare. A local man said there were decades of bad blood between the two villages.