By Constantinos Psillides
An anti-tank rocket, several anti personnel mines and a cache of anti-aircraft ammunition were found discarded on Monday in a garbage collection area near Xylotympou, according to the police.
The discarded military equipment was found in the middle of a fire that broke out in the collection spot. The fire-fighters called to put out the fire were unaware that the ammunition cache was near.
The fire was reported at 11:30am on Monday in a garbage collection area used to dump domestic appliances and large furniture.
According to the police, the ammunition was discovered after local authority employees inspected the area at 3pm and heard three explosions.
The fire, which was deemed “manageable” at that point, regained its intensity and burned the rest of the garbage.
The area was evacuated immediately and the police bomb squad was called. After sealing off the site, the bomb squad destroyed the ammunition in a controlled explosion on Tuesday morning.