facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

World War II-era bomb diffused in Hong Kong

Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM   |   Comments

HONG KONG, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Police in China said Friday they disabled a World War II-era bomb discovered at a construction site on Hong Kong Island.

The AN-M66 bomb contained 1,000 pounds of explosives, making it the largest unexploded World War II-era device found in Hong Kong, police said.

Yuen Honwing, a senior bomb disposal officer with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Bureau, said it took two hours, 20 minutes to remove the live explosives from the bomb casing, which was longer than expected.

"We dare not risk moving the bomb. It could cause severe damage within a radius of [33 feet], and buildings might collapse instantly," Yuen said.

The bomb was discovered Thursday, prompting the evacuation of more than 2,000 people near the area, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The bomb was found by construction workers digging an underground hotel structure near the Cosmo Hotel.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
5
79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days 79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback