UNEXPLODED WWII BOMBS RESURFACING IN SOLOMONS

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Construction workers find 12 unexploded bombs

By Ednal Palmer HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept. 23, 2010) – In the Solomon Islands, discovery of 12 unexploded bombs in the past weeks has renewed police warnings for people to report any sightings of unexploded explosive ordinances.

Construction workers at a new complex beside the QQQ Wholesale shop in China town said they discovered 12 unexploded bombs since they started last month.

The discoveries came under spotlight yesterday when a further three were found but one was thrown into the Mataniko River.

The workers alerted police who dispatched members of the Explosive Ordinance Division (EOD) to collect the two.

The officers were surprised when the constructors said one of the bombs was thrown into the Mataniko River.

They immediately called for diving gears and a metal detector and started combing the area.

They searched underwater for the bomb but were unsuccessful because of the amount of metals, bottles and other junks that filled the water bed.

The officers said they will return to search for the bomb to ensure the area is safe.

One of the constructors said they did not only discovered bombs but also live ammunition.

[PIR editor’s note: A report from last year describes four men who sustained injuries while tampering with a WWII bomb that exploded. See story.]

Members of the EOD said it is always safe for any constructors to seek EOD assistance to clear areas before constructions are commenced.

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