The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) say that based on early assessments it appears the blast that killed a father and his son was not a bomb.
Officer in-charge of the EOD team, Inspector Clifford Tunuki, confirmed that the EOD team and forensic responded to the incident and secured the scene.
“At the scene there was no crater or hole seen as a sign of a bomb blast."
"It is highly suspicious that the galvanized metal pipe that was lying on top of the copper close to the fire may have contained energized and highly flammable materials," inspector Tunuki said.
Initial report said that the family was preparing food for dinner. They lit a fire on a piece of roofing iron beside a piece of galvanised pipe 60mm in diameter with a thickness of 5mm.
The report suggests that the the heat from the fire may have created the necessary energy for the galvanized metal pipe to explode, perhaps triggered by flammable materials.
“My condolence to the family and relatives of the deceased for the loss of their loved ones.”
“Investigation into the matter continues and I call on any one residing at the place of incident who may have any information to come forward to police. You can call the Police toll free line on 999 or any nearest Police Stations or you may call directly to our EOD mobile on 7495215,” says Inspector Tunuki.
With RSIPF media