Wartime bomb unearthed in Happy Valley defused in 12-hour police operation

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Guests at a nearby hotel and the Sikh Temple were evacuated as police disarmed the bomb

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A bomb about 1.5 metre long was found at a construction site at Stubbbs Road and Queens Road East in Wan Chai.

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.

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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.

On Saturday afternoon, guests at the Emperor Hotel, and another two hotels on Queen’s Road East, along with about 200 worshippers at the temple were evacuated, with a religious relic there temporarily removed for safety.
 
The nearby Tang Shiu Kin Hospital closed its gates as a precaution.
Sandbags were placed around the bomb as it was diffused.
Photo: SCMP / Xiaomei Chen

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.

“We were informed by police at about 11.30am that they had discovered explosive objects at the construction site, and we were asked to evacuate,” Gurcharan Singh, a temple volunteer, said. “It’s the third time a bomb has been found here, we are used to it.”
 
Most people at the temple were attending a pre-wedding prayer session. The ceremony was put on hold until the late afternoon.
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