Philippines: Over 200 WWII Vintage Explosives Excavated in Pangasinan

Pangasinan, Philippines – About 280 unexploded vintage WWII bombs were excavated at a construction site in the town of Bayambang, province of Pangasinan in the Philippines Friday, February 

According to reports, the said vintage explosives were unearthed in a housing construction site in the said area and the find alarmed the residents residing near the place where the bombs were excavated.

The spokesperson of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO), Supt. Ferdinand de Asis, said that the Bruno Construction, the company in-charge of the construction site, informed them about the find and an employee accompanied PPO’s Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) team to the said area for the extraction of the vintage explosives.

According to the team’s initial report, among the vintage war bombs found in the Pangasinan site were five 90-mm projectiles; 112 75-mm projectiles; 160 65-mm projectiles as well as three 20-mm projectiles. The massive explosives find is believed to be from the WWII-era specifically from the Japanese forces who occupied Philippines in the 1940s.

And though these did not explode as they were intended to during the war some seventy years ago, they are still potent and pose high detonation risks.

The massive vintage bombs find was promptly brought to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office to be safely defused.

Another report points out that the massive bombs find was in an area where a planned new police headquarters for the town was to be constructed.

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE