Land Warfare

Four cannons found at Admiralty site

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.

Friday, 19 September, 2008, 12:00am

Wired device found buried at racetrack

Police say it was not a bomb but the object sparks a security alert hours before a Happy Valley meeting

Mystery last night surrounded the source and purpose of a wired, possibly remote-controlled, device found buried under the Happy Valley racecourse track about 10 hours before a race meeting started.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Heavy burden for women in explosives team

The Hong Kong bomb squad's first woman operator says there are no special physical requirements for women on the team because being able to think quickly under pressure is the most important criterion.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Risky business

'He didn't make a professional error, he just ran out of luck,' said the Hong Kong bomb squad's chief, Dominic Brittain, of former stalwart Norman 'Bomber' Hill.

Mr Brittain's comments came as he reflected on the night in 1971 that Hill - arguably the squad's most famous member - had his right hand blown off.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

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Better than new, Norman Hill once chuckled, pulling up his sleeve and proudly displaying his artificial arm. Won't fall off like the last one.

It was just as well the amiable Bomber Hill had a sense of humour. He needed it after the dreadful misty night in March 1971 when his right arm was blown off as he tried to defuse a bomb outside the Central Government Offices.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Explosive legacy under our feet

When Penny's Bay was being reclaimed in 2002, a routine part of the engineering works was to remove unexploded bombs from the future Disneyland site. The ordnance was dredged up along with sand from the seabed of the East Lamma Channel.

The ammunition had been dumped there by the British military, cleaning up Hong Kong after the second world war.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Bomb expert treated after collapsing

A veteran bomb disposal expert was taken to hospital yesterday after he collapsed in his office at the Wan Chai police headquarters.

Colleagues said Dominic Brittain, 45, head of the police bomb disposal unit, suddenly collapsed, injuring his head in his fifth-floor office in Arsenal Street at 9.30am.

25 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Suspect object at consulate

Bomb disposal officers examined a suspicious parcel found in the car park of the office of the US Consulate in Garden Road, Central. They found a computer circuit board.

28 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Wartime bombs found

Two wartime bombs were found by a dredger off Lamma Island. Experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau stabilised the bombs and shipped them out of the area for disposal.

5 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Shopping mall cleared as crude bombs defused

Hundreds of people were evacuated from a Kowloon Tong shopping mall last night after two home-made bombs were found outside a fashion shop.

Police bomb-disposal officers used a robot to shoot jets of water to disable the devices, described by officers as crudely made.

25 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Bomb disposal process could be formalised

As a director of a British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) company with a registered agent in Hong Kong, I was interested to read the letter from Ian Quinn ('Unexploded bombs should be searched out', South China Morning Post, March 21).

4 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Peak homes evacuated after 163kg bomb found

A NUMBER of Peak residents were evacuated last night after a 163kg World War II artillery shell was unearthed from a construction site on Pollock's Path.

A worker at the construction site discovered the 91cm-long bomb at 4.50pm, and bomb disposal officers were sent to the scene.

2 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Residents played with 225kg bomb

Residents who kicked and poked an unexploded World War II bomb could have been blown sky high, an explosives expert said yesterday.

Guidelines are being planned after the Government admitted officials dismissed the object as a disused gas cylinder on Saturday - two days before anyone realised it was a 225kg bomb.

23 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Blast scare

A BOMB disposal expert prepares to detonate two explosive devices yesterday after a man carrying them was apprehended inside a Standard Chartered Bank in Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town. A staffer called police after spotting the man, who had been acting suspiciously in the bank two days earlier. He was also carrying a pistol-like object and a knife.

31 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Parallel Lives

Dominic J. Brittain, senior bomb-disposal officer, Hong Kong Police.

Age: 38.

18 Oct 1998 - 12:00am