Thursday, September 22, 2011

3 injured in Zamboanga junk shop explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) – Three people were injured after an explosion Thursday at a junk shop in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, police said.

Police said the victims were all workers of the Curuan Junk Shop where a steel drum suddenly exploded in a truck containing scrap metals.

“We still don’t know whether the explosion was caused by a vintage bomb or chemicals or what. Investigation is still going on,” said Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, the local police chief.

He said wounded workers – Michael Ebol, Jason Orquijo and Oscar Aballe - were rushed to hospital. “We still don’t know their condition,” the police chief said.

Police earlier warned local junk shop owners to surrender vintage bombs recovered and sold by civilians, or report people selling World War II explosives or munitions.

There had been several explosions of vintage bombs in the past in junk shops in Zamboanga and largely blamed by authorities to workers tinkering with the deadly ordnance.
(Mindanao Examiner)

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