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Construction workers find WWII bomb

SANTA RITA, Guam (Saipan Tribune, June 17, 2010) - -On Monday, June 14, construction workers at U.S. Naval Base Guam in Santa Rita discovered a World War II-vintage 1,000 lb bomb buried beneath a construction site. Bomb disposal technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Marianas responded to the discovery. After thorough examination, LT. Brent Wadsworth, officer-in-charge of EOD Detachment Marianas, determined that the bomb’s fuse must be removed in order to safely transport it for proper disposal at the Naval Base Guam Ordnance Annex.

"This ordnance fell from thousands of feet, has been in place for 66 years almost to the day and was discovered when it was hit by a backhoe Monday and it did not detonate," said Wadsworth. He noted that even during their operations to defuse the bomb there will be little risk of it detonating. "However, we always take maximum precautions for ourselves and those around us," he added.

While the bomb is being defused, a portion of Naval Base Guam will be temporarily closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. Because of its location near housing and offices, people who live and work within 3,000 feet from the bomb must temporarily relocate. Those people 3,000 to 5,000 feet from the site must remain inside a building for the duration of the operation if they choose to not relocate. There is no danger to people outside if they are beyond 5,000 feet from the site.

From 9am to 2pm or until the procedure is completed, Naval Base Guam Security forces will restrict traffic on base to the designated safe areas in the vicinity of the Navy Exchange. Access to the base will be through the back gate.

The FAA and U.S. Coast Guard have been notified and will promulgate a Notice to Airmen and Notice to Mariners to warn boaters and airplanes of any areas they should avoid on Saturday.

EOD Det Marianas has determined that the ordnance is stable in place and in no danger of detonating before Saturday. Naval Base Guam Security forces have established a 100 foot perimeter around the ordnance to ensure it is not disturbed. (USN)

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