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POST TIME: 2 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
WWII bomb defused in Hong Kong
BBC

WWII bomb defused in Hong Kong

London: Hong Kong police have successfully defused a “severely damaged” World War Two bomb that was found at a construction site in a busy commercial area, reports BBC.  Over 4,000 people were forced to evacuate and streets cordoned off as experts worked overnight to disarm the 450kg (992lbs) wartime bomb. The bomb is the second to be found in Hong Kong within a week. It is not uncommon for unexploded WW2 bombs to be found in the territory. ‘Dirty, difficult and dangerous’ The bomb was found embedded in the ground of a construction site in the busy district of Wan Chai on Wednesday. Police sealed off parts of the district and suspended ferry services across Victoria Harbour as the operation took place.

The bomb’s fuse mechanism was found to be “severely damaged”, and the position of the bomb made it hard for equipment to reach it, bomb disposal officer Alick Whirter told the South China Morning Post.

At about 08:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Thursday, Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers cut a large hole through the bomb’s shell to burn off the explosive material inside.

After the gunpowder in the bomb burned up, it was lifted off the site by crane.

“Bomb disposal operations are dirty, difficult and dangerous. In this particular case, all three were true,” Mr McWhirter told the SCMP.

“It was extremely dangerous for the officers engaged in the disposal operation.”