Vintage bomb found in river

August 11, 2019

DARAGA, Albay -- A vintage bomb over a meter  in length and weighing at least 1,000 pounds was found buried in Yawa River , Bgy. Binitayan here yesterday  morning.

Members of the Police Explosive and Ordinance Division (EOD) at the PNP regional office in Camp Gen. Simeon Ola said the bomb was  old and rusty but  is still armed and could still explode.

Explosive experts said the bomb was possibly dropped by American planes during the the liberation of Legazpi City from the Japanese troops in 1945, but failed to explode after landing on the Yawa River  bank.

A backhoe was used  to lift the vintage bomb before loading it on a mobile car.

The EOD at Camp Ola said World War II bombs were commonly found in construction sites in Daraga  and Legazpi City, where heavy fighting between American and Japanese forces were recorded in 1945.

The biggest vintage bomb  was recovered at the compound of the Bicol University in Legazpi City  years ago that weighed  one ton, and later detonated by police explosive experts at the hilly portion of Bgy. Bangquerohan, a remote town in Legazpi City.