Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Shell casings unearthed by Preah Sihanouk digging

Shell casings unearthed by Preah Sihanouk digging

A man gathers rusted bullet shells yesterday in Sihanoukville after they were unearthed at a construction site. Photo supplied
A man gathers rusted bullet shells yesterday in Sihanoukville after they were unearthed at a construction site. Photo supplied

Shell casings unearthed by Preah Sihanouk digging

About 100 kilograms of decades-old bullet casings were discovered by villagers digging up land to build their homes in Preah Sihanouk province’s Stung Hav district yesterday.

According to Commune 1 police chief Phak Puthea, a round of expert inspections found that the bullet shells had been emptied and no longer contained gunpowder.

“The bullets have been used already; they are just the shells . . . not unfired bullets,” he said, adding that the bullets were used for anti-tank guns.

Nen Bunrorn, the head of the weapons, explosives and ammunition management office of Preah Sihanouk province, said the old “shells . . . cannot explode. We are keeping them in a safe place at the provincial police warehouse now.”

He added that the Cambodian Mine Action Centre will be retrieving the shells for disposal as soon as possible.

According to Puthea, the site where the bullet shells were found was a former military warehouse during the civil war in the 1980s.


  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in