Mainlander with fake 'bomb' and stun gun arrested at ferry pier
A mainland man found at the Central piers with an imitation bomb and a stun gun was arrested on suspicion of offences including possession of a firearm.
The 32-year-old man was stopped outside the Lamma Island ferry pier shortly before 1am when patrolling police saw him acting suspiciously.
He was carrying the suspected bomb and the gun was found in his backpack together with an Octopus card that did not belong to him, an electronic key, a face mask, rope and gloves. The police bomb-disposal unit dismantled the "bomb" using a robot but it contained no explosives.
Lam Sai-kit, Central District assistant commander for crime, said the device was about 10cm by 7.5cm in size and 2.5cm thick.
"It's like a block of butter wrapped in white tape. There's a device like a pager on top attached to electric cables," he said. "It looked like an explosive object, but our bomb-disposal bureau … found no explosive components."
The man, who arrived on Christmas Eve, was arrested for possessing tools for theft, a firearm and an imitation bomb. He has not been charged.
Lam said the bomb unit checked the gun with an X-ray scanner. "It appeared to be an electric [stun] gun, but its functions and voltage are yet to be confirmed."