5 Nov 2015

US Army Reserve base in A Samoa closed after discovery

6:29 pm on 5 November 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Pago Pago, American Samoa. Photo: AFP

The US Army Reserve Centre in American Samoa remains closed after the discovery of unexploded ordnance believed to date from the 1950s.

It was unearthed during excavation work at the Tafuna site last week.

Captain Wong Mageo of the American Samoa Army Reserve says the US Army Reserve headquarters in Honolulu has been asked to send experts to the territory to assess and dispose of the ordnance.

It is believed to have been among supplies that were shipped from the local US Marine Base to Vietnam in the 950's.