Contractors dig up unexploded bombs in Christchurch

Excavation work at the former Wigram airbase. Photo / File / Geoff Sloan
Excavation work at the former Wigram airbase. Photo / File / Geoff Sloan

Contractors found 10 unexploded bombs near the site of the old Wigram airbase in Christchurch yesterday.

The contractors were excavating a road near the Wigram Skies subdivision about 10.30am when they made the find.

It was unclear if they were live, a police spokesman said.

The aerial World War 1 Cooper bombs, were detonated in four controlled explosions.

It is possible the explosives were buried many years ago when the area was a working military airbase.

- Christchurch Star

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