Four cannons found at Admiralty site

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 September, 2008, 12:00am

Four wartime cannons were unearthed from the former site of Victoria Barracks in Admiralty, driving scores of people from the British consulate and the British Council onto the street while bomb experts were called in.

Police received a report at 3.45pm from workers who said they had found suspicious objects at a construction site next to the consulate in Supreme Court Road, where a renovation project for the Asia Society was under way. Police bomb disposal officers confirmed the objects were four rusty wartime cannons. Officers cordoned off a section of the road.

About 100 people from the consulate and the British Council were told to leave their offices for safety reasons while bomb experts examined the objects.

One of the cannons was 5 metres long. Two others were 2 metres long and the fourth under 2 metres. No explosives or cannon balls were found.

Workers from the Antiquities and Monuments Office found royal crown markings on two of the cannons. They believed the cannons were left by the British army in the 19th century at the site where Victoria Barracks was located.

A crane truck took the cannons to the Museum of Coastal Defence. The road was reopened at 4.45pm.

The office said it would restore the cannons and find a site for them.