UXO found at 4 construction sites
A total of 93 World War II unexploded bombs were found during separate excavations at four construction sites on Saipan last Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services yesterday.
DFEMS acting spokesperson Bobbie Jean DLC. Taisacan said DFEMS Hazmat/Explosive Team (XRT) secured and relocated the 93 unexploded ordnances to a bomb pit in Marpi Wednesday at 6pm.
Taisacan said the bombs were dug up at construction sites in Kannat Tabla, Triple J Motors on Beach Road in Chalan Laulau, Herman’s Bakery in As Lito, and in Wireless, Capitol Hill.
XRT responded to the sites and ceased projects until the areas were cleared.
Taisacan said that last Tuesday morning, a certain Mrs. Kim, a leasor of a property, called DFEMS to report about an exploded bomb that was found during clearing of an open land in Kannat Tabla.
Taisacan said recovered was one U.S. 100-lb general purpose bomb.
On Tuesday afternoon, archeologist Justin Maxwell called about unexploded bombs found during excavation for an apartment project at Triple J Motors’ property on Beach Road.
Recovered were one Japanese grenade, two 80mm mortar HE, three 70mm HE projectile, and 12-50mm HE projectile.
Later that Tuesday afternoon, Michael Guerrero called to report about an exploded bomb unearthed during excavation for a sewer line at Herman’s Bakery property in As Lito.
Found was one 5-inch HE US Projectile.
On that same Tuesday afternoon, Taisacan said, Lenard D. Camacho called that unexploded bombs were seen during a land clearing with backhoe at Ester Munie property in Wireless.
Retrieved were one 38mm HE projective, three 80mm Mortar HE, seven 75mm HE Projectile, and 27-25mm HE Anti-Aircraft/Tank.
Last Wednesday afternoon, archeologist Maxwell called again about more unexploded bombs dug up at Triple J Motors’ property.
Recovered during excavation were one Japanese grenade, 21-50mm HE Projectile, four 70mm HE Projectile, one 75mm HE Projectile, two 80mm HE mortar, and six 110mm HE Projectile.