Around 600 people were evacuated from Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday after a suspicious-looking device was found outside the shopping mall.
A robot was deployed to destroy the device, which turned out to be a fake bomb, Apple Daily reports.
Police said a passerby reported seeing the object outside shop G62 at around 2:10 p.m.
A bomb disposal unit was deployed and the area was cordoned off.
Police then used a robotic device to destroy the object, which turned out to be a bundle of seven carton tubes that looked like dynamites and tied with an alarm clock. There were no explosives inside.
Investigators said footage from a surveillance camera showed a woman in black leaving the device on the ground before walking into the mall.
She acted like she intentionally left the object at the location, police said.
They did not rule out the possibility that it was meant to create panic among the public.
According to Ming Pao Daily, the device looked like a time bomb replica being sold on Taobao for HK$100 to HK$200 each.
Tsim Sha Tsui police district commander Yu Hoi-kwan said the case has been classified as a bomb threat.
Any person convicted of involvement in a bomb hoax could face up to five years in jail and a fine of HK$150,000.
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