Date
17 October 2017
Workers at a construction site in Hong Kong's North Point district came across a second world war bomb Tuesday, prompting authorities to rush in explosives disposal experts. Photo: RTHK
Workers at a construction site in Hong Kong's North Point district came across a second world war bomb Tuesday, prompting authorities to rush in explosives disposal experts. Photo: RTHK

HK police detonate World War II-era bomb in controlled blasts

Bomb disposal experts from Hong Kong police have detonated an old bomb that was found buried at a construction site near the public pier in the city’s North Point district, RTHK reported.

The bomb, said to be half-meter long, is believed to be from the time of the Second World War. The police detonated the device in two controlled explosions Tuesday evening, the report said. Fire-trucks were on standby during the event.

Traffic was suspended at some part of the Island Eastern Corridor facing the pier, and police urged residents nearby to keep their doors and windows closed.

Several neighboring streets including Shu Kuk Street and Kam Hong Street were closed temporarily. And a nearby bus terminus in North Point pier was also closed off, the report said.

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Police cleared nearby areas and fire-trucks were put on standby as bomb disposal experts went to work at the North Point construction site. Photos: RTHK


The police detonated the device in two controlled explosions. Photo: RTHK


The bomb weights 80 pounds. Photo: RTHK


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