500 POUND WWII BOMB FOUND IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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By Peter Korugl

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 18) - A World War II bomb weighing 227 kilograms [500 pounds] was removed and disposed of in the open sea in Morobe province by the Papua New Guinea Defense Force bomb disposal unit last month.

[PIR editor’s note: Morobe Province is located on the central north coast of the Papua New Guinea mainland peninsula.]

With the help of the Morobe Disaster and Emergency Service, bomb disposal experts from the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Igam Barracks went to Salamaua Point and safely removed the bomb.

Locals called the disposal team to Salamaua. The locals found the bomb on the shallow waters off Salamaua Point and brought it to the beach before it was loaded on to a boat and taken to the open sea.

"It is a very big bomb, the biggest we have removed to date. It was a very risky job because the bomb, according to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force experts, was still alive," Roy Kamen, director of the provincial disaster service said.

Mr. Kamen said the bomb had zinc and iron coating and would last more than 50 years before it wears out under water.

"We suspect there are landmines and other bombs still in the area that have not been located and disposed of. The people must be very careful," Kamen said.

The bomb was 1.4 meters [4.5 feet] long and its head had a circumference of 1.53 meters [5 feet] and the tail 1.51 meters.

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