Junkshop explosion injures 3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2011 17:01

Three junkshop workers were injured when an explosive mixed with scrap materials exploded inside the Curuan Junkshop at Tumaga-Putik road yesterday morning.
The victims were identified as Michael Ebol, Jason Orquijo and Oscar Aballes. They sustained multiple burns and injuries in the body and were taken to a private hospital.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo disclosed that the three workers were loading scrap materials on  a 10-wheeler truck from a mini truck when the explosive inside an old rice cooker suddenly exploded.

The explosion took place on top of the 10-wheeler truck amid a pile of scrap materials the three workers were arranging aboard.

During a post blast investigation conducted by the City Police Office’s Bomb Squad led by Sr. Insp. Cesar Memoracion, it was noticed that there were few residues of black powder on the truck.

De Ocampo said the Bomb Squad will continue investigating the case to establish the kind of explosive that went off.

The 10-wheeler truck was scheduled to deliver the scrap materials to Iligan City yesterday afternoon.

Residents in the area described the explosion as very loud and similar to bomb attacks in previous years.

World War 2 vintage bombs had been found in other local junkshops in recent years.

De Ocampo said that some scrap metal vendors do not know how to identify or determine the explosives they pick from anywhere then bring them to junkshops.  — Dan Toribio Jr.