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Unexploded WWII bomb found in Wanchai

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A portion of Wanchai was on lock-down over the weekend, after a World War II bomb was unearthed at the Sha Tin-Central rail link construction site.

The 450-kilogram bomb was discovered on Saturday morning (January 27) by construction workers. Around 1,500 people had to be evacuated from the area including tourists staying at the nearby Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.

Experts announced on Saturday afternoon that the bomb would have to be defused on site because it was “unstable.”

Work to deactivate the device, which was lying deep in the ground at a tilted position, began on Saturday night.

Major roads such as Convention Avenue and Harbour Road were closed off while the complex operation was underway. They were reopened at around 4pm on Sunday.

The bomb is believed to be a US-made AN-M65 device, dropped sometime between 1941 and 1945 during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

Image: Facebook 香港警察 Hong Kong Police

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