Road closures, evacuations, as police deal with another wartime bomb in Wan Chai

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Police have advised motorists to avoid driving to Wan Chai north as the force’s bomb disposal experts deal with another wartime bomb found by construction workers.

The explosive, the third found in the area this year, was discovered yesterday at the site at near the junction of Convention Avenue and Hung Hing Road by workers digging to construct the MTR’s future Shatin-Central line.

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In statements on their Facebook page, the Hong Kong police force advised that several roads in the area would be closed and access to buildings in the area restricted while officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau assessed the situation.

Businesses, hotels and residential buildings in the area were also evacuated, according to RTHK.

Speaking to reporters last night, senior bomb disposal officer Chow Shek-kin said the bomb they found yesterday was an AN-M65 bomb, measuring 145cm in length and with a diameter of about 45cm.

Chow said: “The difficult part is actually the location of the bomb, because largely it’s vertical instead of before where you can see both ends of the bomb. So at the moment, what we can see is only the back, not the front. So the front nose we still need to clear and make sure it’s safe before we can do anything else.”

Traffic in the area is expected to be extremely congested this morning around Wan Chai.

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The suspected World War II bomb was uncovered yesterday. It was about 12 meters deep and 10m away from where two identical US 1,000-pound bombs dropped during the period were found in January, according to The Standard.

They were believed to have been dropped by US bombers during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1945.

An estimated 27,000 buildings were lost to bombing during the period, according Charlie Xu’s Hong Kong Architecture 1945-2015: From Colonial to Global.

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