|A bomb disposal officer inspects the bomb found in a construction site|
This is the second time in Hong Kong history that such a large bomb was discovered in the city centre.
|A group shot of the bomb squad and the American explosive|
"The whole process was quite complicated. It took a bit longer than we expected," said senior police bomb disposal officer Tony Chow Shek-kin. The bomb was an American-made AN-M65, thought to have been dropped by US warplanes sometime between 1941 and 1945.
"Because the bomb was so big, we had to cut several holes to burn off the explosives inside. The space was tight and the bomb was also slanted at an angle," he said.
If the bomb had exploded, the 225kg of explosives would have sent shrapnel flying as far as 2km, Chow said.
"The shock wave and impact of the bomb could easily have measured 200 to 300 metres. The windows of buildings in the area would have probably shattered and it's possible those nearby would have collapsed," he added.
|Roads were closed off and people evacuated in Wan Chai|
The last big bomb that was defused was in 2014 in Happy Valley and weighed 900kg.
Makes you wonder what other bombs are lurking beneath the surface! But at the same time it's fascinating history too.