A 100kg WWII aerial bomb was just found in Singapore – here's what you need to know

Residents in part of upper Bukit Timah are to evacuate their homes during detonation

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
Deputy Editor, Time Out Singapore
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Photograph: Singapore Police Force

It's not every day that a bomb is unearthed in Singapore, but a massive one just turned up at a construction site in Bukit Timah. Coming in at a whopping 100kg, the World War II aerial bomb will be detonated on September 26 (Tuesday).

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has deemed the war relic unsafe for moving, so the detonation will happen on site. For safety reasons, residents living in the area will have to evacuate their homes while the disposal is taking place. Roads in the vicinity will also be closed. If you think you might be affected, then here's all you need to know about the bomb disposal happening on Tuesday. 

When was the bomb discovered? 

The bomb was discovered at 11.57am last Wednesday. It was unearthed during excavation works at the Myst condominium construction site in Upper Bukit Timah Road. 

When will the detonation take place?

The SAF EOD team will conduct the detonation from 8am to 7pm on September 26. 

Who will be required to leave their homes?

Residents living near the site will have to leave their homes before 8am on September 26, and will only be allowed to return after 7pm. This applies to residents of The Linear, Hazel Park Condominium, Bukit 828, Hazel Park Terrace, Blk 154 Gangsa Road, and shophouses 778 to 822 Upper Bukit Timah Road. According to a Facebook post by Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Vivian Balakrishnan, a temporary holding area for affected residents will be set up at Senja-Cashew Community Club on the day. 

Greenridge Secondary School will also shift to home-based learning for the day. 

Where are the road closures?

Take note, the Bukit Panjang Flyover between Woodlands Road and Petir Road, and Upper Bukit Timah Road between Petir Road and Cashew Road will be closed to traffic from 11am to 7pm on Tuesday. Traffic police officers will be stationed along the affected routes to assist and redirect motorists if needed. 

No parking along these roads either – any found parking or causing obstruction may be towed by the police. 

Singapore Police Force
Photograph: Singapore Police Force


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