Sunday, June 22, 2008

Blast from the past: WWII bomb detonated

IPOH: The World War II bomb found at Sungai Pinji, Tambun, near here had to be detonated twice before it was completely destroyed.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias said the first attempt by the bomb disposal unit at 10am only destroyed a part of the bomb.

“After the smoke had cleared from the site, we noticed it was still intact.
“In the second attempt 50mins later, we successfully destroy the bomb,” ACP Azisman told reporters near the blast site immediately after the operations on Saturday.

No one was injured and nothing had been damaged, he said.

ACP Azisman said the bomb was believed to have been made by the British during the war.
“It could have been dropped during the war to blow up the bridge in Tambun near here,” he said. The remaining pieces of the bomb would be kept at the Tambun police station as a souvenir, he said.

All roads leading into Tambun had been cordoned off by 7am on Saturday, while residents staying within a 500m radius were evacuated to two army camps and the Tambun Mosque.
All returned to normal at 12.30pm after ACP Azisman had given the green light.

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