LOOK: 500-lb. vintage bomb unearthed in Zamboanga City

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Zamboanga City (CNN Philippines, November 3) — A vintage bomb weiging 500 lbs. was unearthed in a popular park here in this southern Philippine city.

The "vintage bomb" was as a general-purpose bomb loaded in airplanes and used for airstrikes, said SPO4 Benjamin Rubio, Bomb Squad Team Leader of Zamboanga City police.

The bomb could have exploded if it was not handled properly, he added.

The explosive was unearthed on Wednesday by personnel working on a construction site in Abong Abong Park in Pasonanca.

A payloader was used by the bomb squad load the 500-lb. explosive into a vehicle.

During World War II, Zamboanga was under Japanese rule from 1942 to 1945. 

In 1945, the city figured in the Battle of Mindanao where American forces seized Zamboanga from the Japanese. Parts of the city were heavily bombed to prevent the enemy from regaining control.