Massive bomb hid in a vacant lot for decades
Police in Hong Kong have today dismantled the largest WWII era bomb ever found in the city. The bomb was discovered in a construction site and forced the evacuation of 2,260 people. The bomb is a US Navy ANM66 and was discovered by workers late Thursday evening in the Happy Valley district of Hong Kong.
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The location is near the racing track down town. "It was the biggest bomb ever found in Hong Kong," a police spokeswoman told AFP.
It took bomb disposal experts nearly 15 hours to remove the live explosives form the bomb. "It has taken a longer time because of... technical problems when drilling holes into the bomb and because of the large amount of explosives inside it," senior bomb disposal officer Yuen Hon-wing told reporters.
The police say that the bomb was large enough to collapse buildings if it had gone off. "Because the explosive inside was very sensitive, we had to cut the shell in a low-temperature environment, so the process took longer than expected," Yeun said.
Hong Kong was the site of battles during WWII against Japanese forces that occupied the city at the time. Authorities believe the bomb has set in the lot since 1945.