Bombs over Hong Kong

Joanna Estrada
February 3, 2018

The 1,000-pound bomb, an AN-M65 model made in the United States and likely dropped on Hong Kong sometime between 1941 and 1945, was found embedded in dirt about to be excavated - about 30 feet from where the other bomb was discovered.

Hong Kong police sealed off part of a busy downtown neighborhood on Wednesday after an unexploded wartime bomb was found during construction work in the Asian financial center.

It's not unusual to find similar bombs in the area, as it was one of the epicentres of the conflict throughout WWII.

Police said some cross-harbor ferry services were also suspended. "And the location made it extremely hard to be able to access it", Bomb Disposal Officer of the police Alick McWhirter was quoted as saying by Xinhua Net.

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. "In this particular case, all three were true", Mr McWhirter told the SCMP.

The 450-kilogram bomb was the second to be uncovered in the space of just five days at the Sha Tin-Central rail link construction site.

"It was extremely risky for the officers engaged in the disposal operation". The two bombs were both American-made AN-M65 bombs, likely to have been dropped from USA planes during the second world war, while the city was under Japanese occupation.

The heaviest bomb to be found in the city was a 907kg (2,000lbs) wartime bomb that was defused in 2014.

According to US military archives, the US Army Air Corps began bombing Hong Kong when it was under Japanese occupation in the fall of 1942, striking the city dozens of times.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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