A police bomb squad was called in after a suspected explosive device was spotted near the Central waterfront in Hong Kong’s main business and financial district, Apple Daily reported Friday.
Officers in full gear equipped with a bomb disposal robot found a fake bomb.
The contraption was made up of about a dozen firecracker tubes tied together with an electric wire attached to a toy gun, the report said.
The device had been filled with foam.
It was spotted by a street sweeper near the Chinese People’s Liberation Army headquarters at about 9 a.m. Thursday.
Police locked down the area while an ordnance team deployed the robot to detonate the suspected explosive.
The fake bomb resembled a prop in Stephen Chow’s comedy film Out Of The Dark, the report said, citing police sources, adding it might have been part of a hoax.
A bomb hoax is a crime in Hong Kong, with offenders liable to five-year imprisonment and a fine of HK$150,000, solicitor Albert Luk said.
In the case of a real bomb that poses danger to life and property, the penalty could be life imprisonment.
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