A wartime bomb unearthed near a hotel and temple in Happy Valley was defused on Sunday morning, 12 hours after being discovered.
As police bomb disposal experts worked to disarm the World War II bomb, about 300 hotel guests and temple worshippers were evacuated on Saturday afternoon.
Police said the rusty ordnance, uncovered at a construction site at Sikh Temple along Hau Tak Lane, weighed 1,000lbs and was 1.3 metres long, and 0.4 metres in diameter.
Alick Bryce McWhirter, a senior bomb squad officer, said because bombs could become unstable over time, they had to defuse it on the spot, and worked to keep it stable during the 12-hour operation. Officers were earlier seen using sandbags to cover the device.
Police cordoned off part of Wong Nai Chung Road and a section of Queen’s Road East near Happy Valley as experts started to disarm the explosive.