WWII bombs, anti-air­craft shell found in old well at Qrendi Lo­cal Coun­cil premises

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

World War II-era mu­ni­tions were dis­cov­ered in­side an old well at the Qrendi Lo­cal Coun­cil of­fice yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The sur­pris­ing haul con­sisted of some anti-per­son­nel ‘but­ter­fly bombs,’ a 3.7 inch anti-air­craft gun shell, an old bay­o­net and two vin­tage rum clay bot­tles.

The hid­den stash was found by Wa­ter Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion work­ers dur­ing de­wa­ter­ing and clean­ing op­er­a­tion.

The mu­ni­tions were dis­posed of by the army’s Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal unit.

The Qrendi Lo­cal Coun­cil wrote on Face­book: “The Qrendi Lo­cal Coun­cil wishes to thank the Wa­ter Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion for their es­teemed help in the de­wa­ter­ing and clean­ing of the coun­cil’s well lo­cated within its ad­min­is­tra­tion block, and where dur­ing the morn­ing’s work two WW II anti-per­son­nel but­ter­fly bombs and a 3.7” AA shell were re­trieved.

“A WW I Bay­o­net and two vin­tage rum clay bot­tles were also re­cov­ered. The Qrendi Lo­cal Coun­cil wishes to take the op­por­tu­nity of heartily thank­ing the Wa­ter Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion Man­ager Josef De­bono, Deep servers Team Leader Salvu Mus­cat, Emanuel Sciber­ras, Joe Camil­leri, Lawrence Az­zopardi and Al­fred Sciber­ras.

The coun­cil wishes to thank Mario Mani­caro for his as­sis­tance in the de­wa­ter­ing of the well by means of a vac­uum bow­ers and the re­moval of silt ac­cu­mu­lated over the past sixty year.”

“Spe­cial Men­tion goes to the Com­man­der Armed Forces of Malta, as well as the Ex­plo­sive Or­di­nance dis­posal Of­fi­cials for their prompt ac­tion and most pro­fes­sional dis­posal of the WW II or­di­nance, after hav­ing first and fore­most en­sured pub­lic safety.”

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