CABA, La Union – Fifty-six mortar bombs, measuring eighty-one millimeter each, believed to be a part of the weapons of Japanese soldier during the World War II, were unearthed yesterday near the house of Mayor Clyde Crispino in Barangay Sobredillo here.
Crispino told that the bombs were found by construction workers at a mountainous area about twenty meters away from his newly-built house.
Police sources said the area once served as camp by the invading Japanese troop because it was overlooking the Lingayen Gulf and a nice place to spot incoming enemies from different directions.
Police Officer 3 Froilan Tabaldo, EOD personnel, said they are going to request for explosives in Camp Crame to be used in detonating the bombs for its safe disposal.
Workers also found a foot-high old jar which was allegedly used in serving offerings in religious services.
Crispino said workers accidentally dug the bombs while they were clearing a forested area which is being converted into a road leading to his house.
“They (workers) are just clearing the area when they suddenly dug out the top of the file of bomb. We immediately reported the incident to the police because we were alarmed when the workers burned three pieces and exploded. It’s good they were not hurt,” Crispino said.
San Fernando City Mayor Pablo C. Ortega was sent by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega to inspect the bombs and to ensure the safety of the area with the help of bomb experts.
The bombs were brought to Camp Florendo in San Fernando City for proper disposal by the Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD).