Date
19 August 2017
The fake bomb found near the People's Liberation Army headquarters (above) resembles a prop in a comedy movie (inset), according to police.  Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily
The fake bomb found near the People's Liberation Army headquarters (above) resembles a prop in a comedy movie (inset), according to police. Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily

Fake bomb found near PLA Hong Kong headquarters

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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