Police defuse WWII bomb found at Hong Kong construction site

Police bomb squad move a deactivated bomb to a truck at the scene in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, Friday, May 11, 2018. Hong Kong police finished defusing the large unexploded wartime bomb after it was unearthed at a construction site in the Asian financial center. Bomb disposal experts identified it as an American-made 1,000 pound bomb, which is believed to have been dropped by warplanes during World War II, when the then-British colony was the scene of fighting between Allied and Japanese occupation forces. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG - Police on Friday defused a World War II bomb that was found at a construction site in Hong Kong's Wan Chai district.

Officials said the unexploded American 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) bomb, found by a construction worker on Thursday, was the third dug up at the site since January.

Police evacuated workers, residents and office staff from the area until bomb squad officers were able to defuse the explosive at midday Friday.

The bombs are believed to have been dropped by warplanes during World War II, when the then-British colony was the scene of fighting between Allied and Japanese occupation forces.


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