Can of candies sparks bomb scare in Makati

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2011 02:05 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2011 09:28 AM

A member of the Makati bomb squad shows a can of candies mistaken as an explosive, which was recovered along Ayala Avenue in Makati City, January 27, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Martha Vinzons, ABS-CBN News)


MANILA, Philippines - A suspicious-looking can left at a waiting shed along Ayala Avenue in Makati City caused a bomb scare shortly after noon on Thursday, 2 days after the deadly bus explosion along EDSA.

The conductor of JRoss bus with plate no. CSD-600 reportedly saw the can at a waiting shed in front of SGV I building in Makati and turned it over to traffic enforcers.

The SGV I building is right across the Ayala Tower One, which houses the primary trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The bomb squad sent by the Makati police to the area found no bomb as the bus conductor and onlookers had feared.

On Tuesday, a Newman Gold Liner bus exploded at around 2 p.m. near the north gate of the posh Forbes Park subdivision along EDSA in Makati.

Five died and 13 others were injured in the blast that blew a huge hole on the right side of the bus.

The government said terrorists could be behind the explosion.

The incident came 2 months after the US and its western allies warned their citizens against traveling to the Philippines due to possible terrorist attacks.