Today in history [20 August 1974]


20 August 1974

Live mortar shell in Raffles’ school compound

Five Secondary Two students of Raffles Institution’s Gardening Society found a live mortar shell in their school compound. The shell was at the foot of a tree, surrounded by some empty sardine cans. The area was quickly cordoned off for the Bomb Disposal Unit to take action. A one-foot deep hole was dug and lined with seven bags of sand to contain the shell, and the deliberate explosion sent earth and stones flying some 300 metres. There were no casualties as all students were kept in their class until the operation was over.


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