MUAR: Several contract workers constructing a road at a plantation near Felcra Bukit Kepong panicked when they dug up a bomb-like object.
Some of the workers sought shelter behind trucks while some hid behind oil palm trees as they feared the object would explode after being exposed to the sun.
The workers, including several Indonesian immigrants, thought the object was a mortar shell from the Japanese or British army dropped in the area during the Second World War.
They alerted a villager who informed the Bukit Kepong police. A team headed by Lenga police station officer-in-charge Sjn Mejar Abd Rahim Che Deris arrived at the plantation.
On close inspection, Sjn Mejar Abd Rahim saw that the object had a bolt at one end and a small metal fan at the other.
He suspected the object was an old hydraulic pump used by an earthmover machine or a tractor.
However, when a three-man bomb unit arrived from Muar and took a closer look, they suspected it to be a bomb and took it away for disposal.