By Maria Irish Sabio, Intern
In a press conference following bomb simulation exercise (SIMEX) scenarios at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) and the old Bacolod City Hall yesterday, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) bomb expert Demi Montoyo explained the types of explosives commonly used by terrorists.
He explained there are three types: blast, fragmentation, and incendiary.
A blast form creates a loud explosion, which produces shockwaves and can cause internal injuries; fragmentation, considered the most dangerous, is usually packed with metal or glass fragments; and incendiary causes both an explosion and a subsequent fire.
Montoyo said the controlled explosive used in yesterday’s simulation is called a “Composition B,” which is a military grade explosive comprised of unserviceable grenades and other chemicals.
He also discussed the proper disposal of explosive devices, saying precautionary measures are necessary for both civilians in the immediate area and first responders./WDJ