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Laborer in Benguet Dies After Opening Vintage Bomb Mistaking it for Treasure

A 67-year-old laborer in Sablan, Benguet dies after opening a vintage bomb with a grinder, believing there was treasure inside.

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A 67-year-old laborer in Sablan, Benguet dies while handling a vintage bomb with a grinder, thinking there was treasure inside. Urgent risk awareness is needed.

In a heartbreaking turn of events, a laborer in Benguet lost his life after mistakenly attempting to open a vintage bomb, believing it to be treasure. The incident, which occurred in Sablan, underscores the deadly consequences of mishandling explosive remnants from past conflicts.

Fatal Misjudgment

The 67-year-old laborer, whose identity remains undisclosed, stumbled upon what he thought was a valuable discovery: two World War II-era bombs. Ignorant of the dangers they posed, he decided to open one using a grinder, hoping to uncover riches within. However, his misguided attempt turned tragic when the heat from the grinder inadvertently triggered an explosion.

Police Master Sergeant Randy Angday of the Regional Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Unit - Cordillera, revealed the grim outcome: severe injuries to the laborer's right leg, stomach, and face. Despite the efforts of emergency responders, including personnel from the Sablan Municipal Police Station, Bureau of Fire Protection, 911 on call, and volunteers, the laborer succumbed to his injuries.

Angday issued a stark warning to the public, emphasizing the significance of the incident: "Ikkaten tayo ti notion nga adda ti treasure nga karga na," which translates to "Let us abandon the notion that there is treasure inside," urging vigilance and immediate reporting of any encounters with explosives to the authorities.

A Preventable Misfortune

This fatal incident serves as a reminder of the dangers lurking within seemingly innocuous discoveries. Angday recounted a similar mishap involving a father and son who suffered injuries while attempting to open a vintage bomb. Such tragedies highlight the urgent need for public awareness campaigns regarding the risks associated with unexploded ordnance.

Heightened Vigilance and Education

The loss of life in Sablan underscores the importance of heightened vigilance and education, particularly in areas with a history of conflict. It is imperative for individuals to understand the potential dangers posed by vintage bombs and other explosive remnants of war.

Community outreach programs should prioritize educating residents about the risks associated with handling such devices. Proper reporting procedures must be emphasized to ensure the safe disposal or neutralization of explosive remnants by trained professionals.


The tragic death of the laborer in Benguet serves as a sobering reminder of the lethal consequences of mistaking vintage bombs for treasure. Heightened vigilance, coupled with comprehensive education and reporting mechanisms, is crucial in preventing similar tragedies in the future. By raising awareness and adhering to safety protocols, communities can safeguard against the devastating impact of mishandling explosive remnants from past conflicts.

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