At least 4 people were killed and 11 injured when Explosive Ordinance Disposal operatives from National Police’s Special Action Force of the Philippines messed up their attempt to defuse a vintage bomb. An incident took place on Wednesday January 25, 2011 at around 3pm in Barangay Lower Bicutan, Taguig City, the Philippines.
Three officers from the bomb disposal squad identified as Elizalde Bisaya, Arnold Mayo and Jose Toralba brought a vintage mortar shell to a welding shop on the corner of Daisy Street and Santo Nino in Taguig City to diffuse it. Because they were unsuccessful opening the bomb with a pipe wrench, they asked a worker from the shop to use a welding machine on the bomb. What brilliant idea.
I mean honestly – I’m not even a member of a bomb disposal unit and it strikes me as absolute common sense that you’d never bring heat that can melt steel anywhere near an unexploded ordinance. What were these alleged expert bomb defusers thinking welding into a shell loaded with explosives? Where did they take their bomb disposal training for crying out loud?
Police officer Elizalde Bisaya as well as the Chris Welding Shop owner Crisanto Daguio died on the spot. Officers Arnold Mayo and Jose Toralba as well as Riza Romualdo – owner of a nearby bakery were rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. Jose Toralba and Riza Romualdo were pronounced dead on arrival. Arnold Mayo is alive, but in critical condition.
The blast injured 11 people, 2 of whom have not been identified yet. Names of those who were identified are:
- Olive Brion, 27
- Jorelle Lariosa, 6
- Police Officer Arnold Mayo
- Romeo Tagono, 16
- Angelica Covan, 17
- May Mendizabal, 35
- Ronalyn Benben, 23
- Annalyn Aquino, 25
- Nelia Delara, 40
Philippines needs new bomb defusers – preferably someone who doesn’t take unexploded ordinance to a welding shop and tries to defuse it with a welding machine. WTF?
Many thanks to EicelHeartsGore and gorebest for the pics and story. Gallery is below: