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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Mar. 28) - Over 100 pieces of unexploded World War II ordnance have been excavated from a single location in San Roque, and a lot more are expected to be found as the Emergency Management Office continues its retrievals in the next few days, Variety learned.

The material is situated on the property of Jayjay Camacho. It used to be a dumping site for land clearing debris coming from various areas of the island. Several houses are built around this area, which is across the street from the fire station in San Roque.

"People just dumped land clearing debris there and that’s too dangerous. Now we are excavating the area to extract the live ordnance," said Ben Lieto, supervisor of EMO’s response and recovery unit.

EMO, with the assistance of the Department of Public Works, started searching and digging in the area yesterday morning.

As of 2:30 p.m. yesterday, EMO’s 3-ft. excavation had yielded at least forty 60-mm. mortar rounds, 52-inch projectiles, 53-inch projectiles and at least ten U.S. hand grenades, among others, according to Anthony C. Tenorio of EMO’s response and recovery unit.

Tenorio said the excavations and retrievals could extend to Saturday.

"Given the magnitude of the findings, we could have over 200 bombs when we’re done with this area," said Tenorio, who was among the government personnel at the site, along with EMO’s Jose L. Kaipat, George Cabrera, Charlie Kladikm and DPW’s Tony Somorang.

At the end of each day, the retrieved ordnance will be stored at the Marpi bunker for future detonation by the U.S. Navy’s explosives and ordnance disposal team from Guam.

March 28, 2003

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