Extreme summer heat triggered explosion, says Davao City police chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) — The extreme summer heat on Saturday might have triggered the explosion of some explosives stored inside a stockroom of the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) in Camp Domingo Leonor, the headquarters of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), the chief of police said on Sunday.

In a text message,  Col. Alexander Tagum, said the EOD team investigating the incident suspected the midday heat might have caused the explosion at around 11:30 a.m., based on the examination conducted on the fragments of the explosives’ casing recovered from the site.

Main gate of Camp Domingo Leonor, headquarters of the Davao City Police Office. MindaNews photo by ANTONIO L. COLINA IV

The explosives were stocked in the ammunition storage of the EOD/K9 Unit, the repository of the explosive materials used as court evidences.

Firemen were dispatched to put out the fire. “Fire out” was declared at 12:15 p.m., he said.

In a separate report released by the police, DCPO spokesperson Capt. Maria Teresita Gaspan said the result of the technical investigation of the EOD team and the Investigation and Detection Management Branch showed the blast caused minimal structural damage, owing to the “strong reinforced concrete” of the stockroom, but the individual quarters of Special Weapons and Tactics and EOD/K9 were partially damaged.

“It was also the depository storage for recovered and rendered safe dynamites used for illegal fishing, grenades and IEDs presently kept by the said EOD Unit as court evidence,” she said.

No casualty was reported.  (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)