Geylang construction site cordoned off after projectile found

A projectile, believed to be a war relic, was discovered outside a temple construction site in Geylang early yesterday morning.

The police said they were alerted to the discovery outside Lin San Temple, which is located at 27 Lorong 12 Geylang, at 8.23am yesterday.

They are currently working with the Singapore Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to arrange for the safe disposal of the projectile.

Operations are ongoing, said the police.

"The public is advised not to be alarmed and to avoid the site at Lorong 12 Geylang until further notice," they added.

Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported yesterday that the site was cordoned off after a construction worker had found the projectile and called the police.

It added that more than 100 people from neighbouring shophouses had quickly evacuated in light of the discovery.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for one of the neighbours, Muslim voluntary welfare organisation Jamiyah Singapore, said that about 44 staff were evacuated from its headquarters located at 31 Lorong 12 Geylang.

Most of the staff were asked to work from home, while a few key personnel were allowed to re-enter the building at 2.30pm after receiving clearance from the police, she said.

Its prayer space in the building is currently not open to the public, she added.

This is not the first time that a war relic has been found in the vicinity.

In July 2019, a suspected World War II bomb, around 30cm in length, was discovered by a worker who was digging in the grounds of a half-constructed building in Lorong 23 Geylang, near Aljunied MRT station.

Another bomb was found on a patch of grass at the junction of Lorong 22 Geylang and Guillemard Road in 2012.

This article first appeared in The Straits Times.