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.