The Armed Forces of Malta were yesterday morning were requested by Midi Project Management staff to investigate possible unexploded ordnance from a construction site in Tigne'.
The 3 Regiment's Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Troop was dispatched to the location to conduct investigations.
EOD technicians confirmed that the reported object was unexploded ordinance - a World War II, 500-kg German General Purpose air-dropped weapon.
Workers discovered the shell buried about 6m below the surface during excavation works. Several such reports are received by the AFM every year, especially in areas surrounding Valletta harbours which were subject to the sustained bombings during WWII.
Safety procedures were carried out to remove the danger from the area and render the weapon safe. These weapons still pose a significant risk of detonation, even though several decades have elapsed since they were used.
Another 3 Regt's sub-unit had to be called on site in order to shift, load and transport the 70 year shell to a safe place. Members of the Engineer Squadron's Plant Troop assisted their EOD colleagues to safely transport the weapon to a secure area were it will be disposed of by EOD divers in the coming days.