Bomb specialists detonate 50kg WWII relic at Telok Blangah

Bomb specialists detonate 50kg WWII relic at Telok Blangah
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team carrying the aerial bomb to a forested area, where it was detonated, surrounded by 600 sandbags.

A World War II bomb found by construction workers at a work site was detonated yesterday afternoon by bomb disposal specialists.

The bomb was discovered by workers at around 7pm on Wednesday at a construction site at Telok Blangah Street 31, said a police spokesman.

"No danger was posed to the public," he said.

According to the Singapore Army Facebook page, the bomb was a 50 kg air-dropped bomb that was already fused and fired.

The Singapore Armed Forces' Explosive Ordnance Disposal team worked overnight after the discovery of the bomb, said the post.

The New Paper arrived at around 10am yesterday and watched as they stacked more than 600 sandbags in a nearby forested area to contain the blast.

Workers were roped in to help construct a cement wall using bulldozers and cranes, while several residents watched from their HDB flats nearby.

Parts of the road leading to the work site were closed as police officers told curious onlookers to step away from the blast zone.

At around noon, five specialists were seen carefully carrying the bomb some 150m from the construction site to the forested area.

An hour later, a loud explosion rang out from beneath the sandbags, signalling the successful disposal of the war relic.

This article was first published on Oct 17, 2014.
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