2nd vintage bomb found in school yard

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    MARIVELES, Bataan- An unexploded vintage bomb said to be used by Japanese warplanes during World War II was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the back portion of the Sto. Nino Elementary School in Biaan, Mariveles, Bataan, the second of such ammunition found in the same school.

    Senior Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, Bataan police director, said the newest find was an M57 general purpose bomb that when detonated can create a crater of more than 1,500-square meter radius.

    A construction worker chanced upon the bomb while working at the school ground and reported it to school authorities who in turn informed the police.

    With the big bomb were two other small ones.  Gaerlan said that the bombs might have been used by warplanes of the Japanese air force but did not explode while attacking Bataan before the peninsula fell to the Japanese invaders on April 9, 1942.

    “Kulang na lang ang detonator at maaari nang sumabog ito,” a police officer said.

    On Oct. 23, 2008, school children unearhed a 250-lb bomb while gardening also at the back of the school.  The new find seemed to be bigger than it.

    Gaerlan said the vintage bomb will be sent to Crow Valley at Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac like the first one.

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