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Explosion rocks Davao City police office on Black Saturday

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By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY– An explosion occurred inside Camp Captain Domingo E. Leonor at 11:30 a.m., Black Saturday. An initial report released by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 said the recovered explosive materials stored inside the stock room of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) exploded.

A portion of San Pedro St. has been closed temporarily to vehicles as BFP personnel tackle the ongoing fire inside DCPO compound. Iniitial reports said the possible cause of fire was an explosion. (Antonio Colina IV / MANILA BULLETIN)

A portion of San Pedro St. has been closed temporarily to vehicles as BFP personnel tackle the ongoing fire inside DCPO compound. Iniitial reports said the possible cause of fire was an explosion. (Antonio Colina IV / MANILA BULLETIN)

As of 1 pm, the report from the DCPO added that the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) is still investigating what triggered these explosive materials to go off.

These explosives, which were kept as court evidence, were placed under the custody of the EOD team.

Firetrucks from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 11 and Davao City Central 911 were dispatched to put out the fire. The incident prompted the authorities to temporarily close the San Pedro Street Extension to vehicles while the investigation is ongoing.

An empty shell of an undetermined weapon, which apparently came from the explosion, pierced through the roof of the comfort room of a house located across the DCPO.

Joyce Namo, a fruit salad vendor, was shocked to hear a loud explosion, followed by a series of minor explosions and a thick smoke wafting over the DCPO compound.

She said she panicked after seeing the police rushing out of the camp.

In a text message to reporters at 1:18 p.m., DCPO spokesperson Police Capt. Maria Teresita Gaspan said authorities are already clearing the site of the explosion.

No casualty was reported from the incident.

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