50kg WWII war relic to be disposed of at construction site near Singapore River on Monday

A war relic was discovered at a construction site along Jiak Kim Street during excavation works on Nov 12.

The police said in a statement they were informed of the discovery at about 2.35pm and that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has determined that the war relic is a 50kg World War II aerial bomb.

It has been assessed to be unsafe to move and therefore has to be disposed on-site.

The SAF EOD team will carry out the on-site controlled disposal of the relic on Monday (Nov 18) between 8am and 6pm.

To ensure public safety, a 200m safety cordon will be set up during this period.

Residents from Mirage Tower condominium, Tribeca by the Waterfront condominium and Rivergate condominium will have to temporarily vacate their buildings during the controlled disposal operation.

Staff from the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel will also make arrangements to temporarily move affected guests away from the area of the hotel that will be affected by the operation.

A few roads and a portion of the Singapore River will also be temporarily closed to vehicles and boats from 9.30am on Monday.

Only the police, SAF and emergency vehicles will have access to the affected roads.

Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced, and vehicles found parking or causing obstruction will be towed away. Drone activities are also prohibited.

The police will provide updates via Facebook and Twitter once the affected roads and portion of the Singapore River are reopened.

Loud sounds can be expected and the public is advised not to be alarmed and to avoid the area.

They may contact Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centre at 9731 0950 for further enquiries.