Solomons police remove unexploded bomb in capital

Solomon Islands police set up road blocks in Honiara today to secure the public from an operation to dispose of an un-exploded bomb.

Unexploded ordnance found in the CBD in Solomon Islands‘ capital Honiara. Police said this type of World War II shell is uncommon and has not been found before in Honiara‘s central business district. Photo: Supplied

The Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team conducted Operation Render Safe on the un-exploded ordnance at Point Cruz.

A police statement said that this type of World War II shell is uncommon and has not been found before in Honiara‘s central business district.

The Solomon Star reported that the team isolated and secured the unexploded explosive shell on Tuesday after receiving a report from a construction group working there.

To remove it first requires it to be rendered safe by the properly trained unit.

Police said evacuating surrounding premises and implementing an exclusion zone, including road blocks, was neccesary to keep the public safe.

The bomb was safely removed and police issued an all clear around 3:00pm local time.

View towards Point Cruz and the Port of Honiara. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins