Bomb found on the Peak

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 July, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 July, 1994, 12:00am

THE Peak tram was shut down and hundreds of people evacuated yesterday after a live World War II bomb was found on a construction site in the middle of one of the territory's most popular tourist destinations.

The discovery of the bomb on what used to be the site of Victoria Apartments prompted police to shut down the neighbouring Peak Galleria shopping centre.

Residents who live in the vicinity were evacuated and the Peak tram was closed for about three hours.

''I didn't know what was going on or how I would get down,'' said German tourist Kurt Simmler, who reached the top of Victoria Peak shortly before the shutdown at 3.30 pm.

However, Peak Tramways spokesman Tony Williams said an emergency plan was put into operation as soon as the police requested the shutdown. Additional buses were arranged to take people back into Central.

''I actually used to live in Victoria Apartments over the top of where this bomb was found. I'm glad I moved,'' Mr Williams said.

Specialist officers of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit arranged for a crane to hoist the bomb - which measured about 80 centimetres long and 20 cm in diameter - off the site and into a police van with a specially prepared cradle.

It was then taken to Queen's Pier under police escort, loaded into a police launch and dumped at sea.