WWII MUNITIONS FOUND AT SAIPAN SITES

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By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, June 30) - More than a hundred rounds of unexploded World War II munitions were found by the police in different residential areas and at a construction site yesterday morning.

The ordnance came from Papago, Capitol Hill, Kagman, Chalan Piao, San Jose and a construction site along Beach Road in Garapan.

The munitions, which included bombs and grenades, have been secured in a safe place in Marpi along with other unexploded ordnance earlier recovered

Department of Public Safety spokesman Eric David said they received a call at around 8:30 a.m. regarding the ordnance.

Police Sgt. Juan Diaz said they are still conducting an inventory on the number of World War II munitions that have been collected so far, but he added that it could be over a hundred already.

"We have to weigh (some of them) to determine if they reach 500 pounds, if they reach 500 pounds then we will call the (explosive ordnance division) on Guam to have these blown up," Diaz said.

"Its very dangerous -- these things are enough to blow up the whole cliff or a whole building," David said.

July 1, 2005

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