Wednesday, June 16, 2010

1,000-pound WWII bomb found at Naval Base Guam

NEWS UPDATE 11:00 a.m. - WWII bomb found at Naval Base Guam
June 16, 2010

11:00 a.m. — Construction workers at Naval Base Guam found a World War II-vintage 1,000-pound bomb buried beneath a construction site on Monday.

According to a release from the Navy, bomb disposal technicians from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Marianas responded to the find.

Lt. Brent Wadsworth, officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Marianas, after thorough examination, said the bomb’s fuse must be removed before it can be safely transported for proper disposal at the Naval Base Guam Ordnance Annex.

“This ordnance fell from thousands of feet, has been in place for 66 years almost to the day and was discovered when it was hit by a backhoe Monday and it did not detonate,” Wadsworth said.

While the bomb is being defused, a portion of Naval Base Guam will be temporarily closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

He added that even during their operations to defuse the bomb there will be little risk of it detonating.

“However, we always take maximum precautions for ourselves and those around us,” he added.

Officials said because of the bomb’s location near housing and offices, people who live and work within 3,000 feet of it must temporarily relocate. Those people 3,000 to 5,000 feet from the site must remain inside a building for the duration of the operation if they chose to not relocate.

There is no danger to people outside if they are beyond 5,000 feet from the site, the release noted.


So I wonder what we are going to be spending the day doing off base on Sat? haha


Natalie said...

Hey, good times!!!

crazysox said...

Yikes!! Get that thing out of there!