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Explosive devices found at Sham Shui Po

Some background of the following news, in the areas within today's Lai Kok Estate, Yee Kok Court, Lai On Estate and Yee Ching Court, was the British Barrack between 1910s to 1977. And Sham Shui Po Park was a Japanese concentration camp during the WWII. :|

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80 wartime explosive devices found at Sham Shui Po 2006-04-08 HKT 15:03

About 80 suspected wartime explosive devices have been found at a construction site in Sham Shui Po. The discovery led to the closure of part of Tonkin Street. Bomb-disposal experts rushed to the scene and found about 35 grenades and 50 bombs. A large number were unstable and are being detonated at the scene. The discovery was made by drainage staff at the construction site. Police expect the road closure to last until this evening.



Residents evacuated from site of wartime explosives discovery at Cheung Sha Wan 2006-04-08 HKT 18:07

Police have begun evacuating residents as bomb-disposal experts continue to assess the condition of about 200 suspected wartime explosive devices, uncovered at a construction site in Cheung Sha Wan. The ammunition includes artillery shells, grenades and bombs. Police say some of the explosives are unstable and will be detonated at the scene.



Residents move out as 500 explosives devices uncovered at Cheung Sha Wan 2006-04-08 HKT 19:05


Police have begun evacuating residents from two residential buildings, as bomb-disposal experts assess the condition of about 500 suspected wartime explosive devices at a construction site in Cheung Sha Wan. The ammunition includes artillery shells, grenades, bombs and anti-aircraft bullets. Police say some of the explosives are unstable and will either be removed for processing elsewhere; or dealt with at the scene.



Some of the 500 explosive devices unearthed - being detonated at the scene 2006-04-08 HKT 19:24

Police have been evacuating residents from two residential buildings, as bomb-disposal experts detonate some of the 500 suspected wartime explosive devices unearthed at a construction site in Cheung Sha Wan. The ammunition includes artillery shells, grenades, bombs and anti-aircraft bullets. Police say some of the items are unstable. They're either being removed for processing elsewhere; or dealt with at the scene.





RTHK photo during the detonating the explosive devices.
 

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yah i just read

crazy

i also heard that since UK was busy fighting in Europe, the bombs they use in Hong Kong are mostly duds and a large % of them didn't even explode when they hit the ground... am I remembering correctly?
 

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二戰前設軍營
日軍猛烈轟炸

09/04/2006
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【本報訊】發現戰前軍火庫的深水,有歷史專家表示,該區在二次大戰時曾遭受日軍兩次大規模的空襲,亦建有軍營,他估計仍有戰時的軍火埋在地下。

香港歷史博物館顧問蕭國健表示,在一九二七年駐港英軍於深水建立軍營,當年軍營位處海邊,當時深水軍營是重要軍事據點,具高度戰略價值,軍營並設有兩個分別名為南京營及銀禧營的營房。

軍火之多 近年罕見
二次大戰時,日軍在一九四一年侵佔香港,深水軍營曾遭日軍猛烈轟炸。一九四五年,盟軍開始向佔領軍營的日軍發動反攻戰,兩軍發生多次激戰。彈藥相信是當年兩次慘烈戰事的遺物,後來被埋藏在地下至今,至昨日才被掘出。

日軍侵佔香港後,將軍營變成囚禁戰俘的集中營,拘禁被俘虜的英軍、加拿大及印度士兵。二戰日軍投降後,軍營重回英軍手中,並派喀兵駐守。至一九七七年深水 軍營才交回給香港政府發展,建成今日的麗閣、麗安及深水公園。今日在附近仍可找到悼念軍人的紀念碑及部分軍營的遺。

研究本港戰爭歷史的《香港戰地指南》作者高添強稱,此等戰前軍火數量之多,近年罕見,他認為大量爆炸品雖已埋藏地下達幾十年,引爆裝置或信管可能已損毀或生,未能輕易引發爆炸品爆炸,不過只要爆炸品保存完好,內藏的火藥未受潮濕,火藥的爆炸威力仍會存在,而且不會因年月而減弱,故爆炸品具一定的威脅及危險性,不可輕視處理。
 

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War-time arsenal destroyed after Hong Kong discovery

HONG KONG, April 9, 2006 (AFP) - Bomb-disposal experts destroyed a huge cache of World War II era bombs and grenades found buried below a busy Hong Kong street by drainage workers, police said Sunday.

Despite their age, some 188 of the 588 items found in the densely populated Kowloon district contained live explosives, a police spokeswoman said, and had to be destroyed in controlled explosions.

"We received a report of 588 suspicious items found by workmen," she said. "We sent in bomb-detection robots to ascertain if any of the items were live."

The bombs, mostly grenade bodies, fuses, mortar shells and anti-aircraft ammunition, were discovered by a construction team at roadworks in the Cheung Sha Wan neighbourhood on Saturday night.

The spokeswoman said that 16 of the explosives were deemed too unstable to remove from the site and were destroyed in the street.

About 200 residents and shopkeepers were evacuated from the area.

The remaining live ammunition was removed and destroyed, while the rest of the items were left to be taken away by contractors, the spokeswoman said.

Police said they believed the armaments were British-made and left at the end of the war following the Chinese city's liberation from Japanese occupation.

Hong Kong was peppered with British and then Japanese military bases during the war and ordinance dumped at the end of the conflict is regularly unearthed on construction sites.

Police chief Dick Lee said there was a likelihood other such finds would emerge.

"There are areas in Hong Kong that still have the possibility of bombs buried," Lee told local RTHK radio. "When we find them we will deal with them."
 

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本港近年發現炸彈資料
[2006-04-09]



05年 有潛水泳客在港島南區石澳後灘發現一枚沉在海

11月12日 底的炸彈,警方封鎖附近水域,並派蛙人撈起一枚15厘米長、約重200磅的戰時炸彈。軍火專家用沙石將炸彈覆蓋,當場引爆。

05年 香港仔深灣道一地盤發現一個直徑6吋、長兩呎

3月4日 、約重150磅的生鏽圓筒物體,軍火專家證實是一枚沒爆炸威力的戰時炸彈,並將它運走。

03年 地盤工人在葵涌城門水塘附近一個地盤,發現一

10月27日 枚長1呎、直徑8吋、約重100磅的金屬管,軍火專家證實為戰時炸彈,並即場拆掉信管及運走炸彈,路段一度封閉。

2002年 有清潔工人在香港仔壽山村道發現一枚英式戰時

2月27日 手榴彈,軍火專家認為它仍有殺傷力,即場引爆。

2001年 銅鑼灣崇光百貨附近一幢唐樓拆卸地盤,有工人

5月23日 發現一枚日軍迫擊炮彈,軍火專家即場將它引爆,事件中有1,500名市民及百貨公司職員需要疏散,軒尼詩道一度被封鎖而引致交通擠塞。

2001年 香港仔壽山村道的美國駐港總領事高級職員宿舍

4月10日 附近,被發現有一枚戰時炸彈,警方將宿舍人員疏散及封鎖現場,由軍火專家將炸彈引爆。

2000年 油麻地南京街一處渠務地盤,有工人掘出一枚戰

2月21日 時500磅重型炸彈,軍火專家到場成功取走炸彈內的炸藥。警方一度疏散4,000名居民,並封鎖油麻地鬧市面積近一平方公里的街道。

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Bomb checks urged at building sites
Buried war legacy threatens workers, says union leader

10 April 2006
South China Morning Post

A union leader has called for bomb disposal experts to search construction sites for explosives before work starts.

The chairman of the Construction Industry Employees General Union, Choi Chun-wa, yesterday also urged the government to issue guidelines to workers on what to do if they discovered bombs on site.

The call came after 588 bombs were unearthed by drainage workers in Tonkin Street in Cheung Sha Wan on Saturday, including 16 high-explosive devices that were deemed unstable and were detonated on site.

"It is not over-reaction. We do not find bombs every day. So, no construction workers have experience in handling bombs," Mr Choi said.

"We were lucky that the workers did not mishandle the bombs in Cheung Sha Wan, or else there could have been many injuries.

"Many bombs were buried underground. We do not know where they are. The contractor should be required to send bomb experts to search for possible buried bombs at sites and have them removed before allowing work to start."

He said workers should report any suspicious articles they find at sites to their contractors.

Some drainage workers yesterday returned to the construction site in Cheung Sha Wan to start clearing the debris from Saturday's controlled explosions.

Speaking at a function yesterday, Commissioner of Police Dick Lee Ming-kwai said some second world war bombs might still be buried underground in parts of Hong Kong.

"Obviously this kind of incident happened in the past. Since Hong Kong experienced World War Two, it is possible that some bombs from the war have not been unearthed," he said.

"The Hong Kong Police have the capability to handle such an event, and our Bomb Disposal Unit is very effective and has no problem dealing with this kind of incident at all. As you can see, our colleagues handled all the bombs found on Saturday effectively."

Bombs have been occasionally unearthed at construction sites in Hong Kong.

In March last year, workers uncovered a 68kg bomb from the second world war at a construction site in Aberdeen. The 60cm bomb was removed by disposal experts.

In October 2003, workers discovered a 50cm-long, wartime-era bomb at a site in Kwai Chung.

Police bomb disposal officers had to be called in to remove the explosive.

In May 2001, a bomb was found at a work site near Sogo department store in Causeway Bay.

Some 1,500 people needed to be evacuated before experts were sent to dispose of the 90kg bomb, also from the second world war.
 

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It is really a great news that nobody was hurt even they live very close to those devices! :D :D :D
 

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Photos by "阿翹仔" from a Hong Kong transport forum :
我兩點幾去到影到夜晚九點幾.....

封鎖線前..


現場


好多人...


"出土文物"




EOD車






最後準備......


爆一刻 (sorry, 炒左相....)




爆完驗查..



第二次燒.....







燒完....再驗查...


最後...近距離影EOD車


 

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Following the recent discovery of war-time era bombs in Sham Shui Po (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=336309), this thread tracks any such finds throughout Hong Kong :

Two hikers stumble on bombs near Parkview
18 April 2006
South China Morning Post

At least three wartime bombs were found yesterday by two amateur archaeologists on a hiking trail in Wong Nai Chung a short distance from a luxury residential complex.

"At about 5pm, a man called our emergency unit and said he found a suspect object at Sir Cecil's Ride," a police spokesman said. Officers arrived to find a bomb-like object on a slope only 300 metres away from Parkview - a large residential complex. Firemen and bomb-disposal officers were sent for immediately.

"We are trying to find out how many of these objects there are and we might defuse them at the spot later," the spokesman said. He did not disclose the number of bombs, but a police source said three had been found. The area was cordoned off last night awaiting a decision on the bombs' disposal.

The bombs were found by a 43-year-old man with the surname Brown hiking on Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail with a 34-year-old Japanese woman surnamed Maiko.

Mr Brown, who works in the banking sector, said archaeology was his hobby and he often went hiking with a metal detector.

As he walked the trail yesterday with Ms Maiko, also an amateur archaeologist, tracing the battle for Wong Nai Chung Gap on December 19, 1941, one of the bloodiest in the struggle for Hong Kong, his detector was activated. They first unearthed a kettle, then found what looked like a rusty mortar shell and called police. Police said a nearby sign near where the bombs were found marked the spot as a wartime arsenal.

According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the walk of two to three hours has signs pointing out numerous wartime memories and heroics, marked by ruins that record key chapters of the battle, including ammunition magazines, an anti-aircraft gun platform, underground bunkers and pill boxes.

Last night's find follows the discovery under Tonkin Street, Cheung Sha Wan, on April 9 of hundreds of British second world war bombs, which caused the evacuation of a large area and which were destroyed in controlled explosions.
 

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Workers uncover second cache of ammunition in Tonkin Street
28 April 2006
South China Morning Post

Wartime bombs and ammunition was unearthed in a drainage construction site in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday, just a metre away from a trench where 588 second world war bombs and grenades were found three weeks ago.

Yesterday, a mortar shell, a training hand grenade and three rounds of ammunition were found at the bottom of a 3-metre-deep hole at the Tonkin Street site, according to police.

"The British Army two-inch mortar shell is live and the three rounds of ammunition are live. The grenade is a training round and has no explosive content," Cheung Sha Wan divisional commander, Superintendent Keith Dryden, said. He said no controlled explosion was needed because the discovery was safe to move. They had been packed and then removed by bomb disposal officers.

None of the nearby buildings needed to be evacuated.

The cache was uncovered shortly after 2pm by workmen trying to empty water from the hole, according to technical secretary Robin Lee Kui-biu of the Drainage Services Department.

He said yesterday was the first day workers had returned to carry out work after the seizure of the huge cache in a metre-deep trench at the same site on April 8.

"There was about 50cm of muddy water in the hole. As workers tried to pump the water out, they discovered a muddy object about 20cm in length. And then they realised it was a bomb," Mr Lee said.

Workers also found three rounds of ammunition in the hole and brought them to the road before calling police.

Three bomb disposal officers were called in and the road was reopened at 5.30pm after the area was given the all-clear.

On April 8, 588 bombs were found at the site, of which 400 contained no explosives and were safe. Sixteen unstable high-explosive devices were detonated at the site. It was one of the biggest single discoveries of its kind in the city.

A British Army camp was built in the area in the 1920s and was later occupied by Japanese troops during the second world war.
 

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Four cannons found at Admiralty site
19 September 2008
South China Morning Post

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.

Police received a report at 3.45pm from workers who said they had found suspicious objects at a construction site next to the consulate in Supreme Court Road, where a renovation project for the Asia Society was under way. Police bomb disposal officers confirmed the objects were four rusty wartime cannons. Officers cordoned off a section of the road.

About 100 people from the consulate and the British Council were told to leave their offices for safety reasons while bomb experts examined the objects.

One of the cannons was 5 metres long. Two others were 2 metres long and the fourth under 2 metres. No explosives or cannon balls were found.

Workers from the Antiquities and Monuments Office found royal crown markings on two of the cannons. They believed the cannons were left by the British army in the 19th century at the site where Victoria Barracks was located.

A crane truck took the cannons to the Museum of Coastal Defence. The road was reopened at 4.45pm.

The office said it would restore the cannons and find a site for them.
 

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War bomb find clears offices
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, November 18, 2008



A World War II bomb buried by history and dug up by construction workers yesterday was safely detonated by police.

The bomb was found at about 9.30am by a worker at the Tamar site in Admiralty where new government headquarters are being built.

A police bomb disposal unit spokesman said the fuse of the bomb had been damaged, making it dangerous to move.

Explosive Ordinance Disposal Bureau officers first blew open the casing of the bomb to remove the explosives and then set off another to destroy the fuse.

The spokesman said the 0.5-meter long, 32-kilogram bomb could have caused serious damage and casualties within a 100m radius.

About 200 people were temporarily evacuated from the area and Lung Wui Road, which separates the site from Citic Tower, was partially blocked for several hours.

A police spokesman on site praised the care with which workers handled the situation and evacuation.

He said more bombs may be found at Tamar and stressed that other munitions - a legacy of heavy fighting during World War II - could be unearthed at sites across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

However, the spokesman said risk at Tamar is "not high" and a full search for explosives is unnecessary.

"It is very difficult to do a full search," he said. "The construction will continue and Gammon [the contractor] will be careful and follow proper procedures."

He added that construction work on the new government facilities involves digging deep enough to find any leftover explosives.

Work at the site resumed yesterday afternoon and a spokeswoman for the Administration Wing said no delays are expected.

Construction at the Tamar site began in February and is expected to be completed by 2011.

"Piling works started in July this year and some 40 percent of the bored piles have been completed," she said.

In September the British Consulate General on Supreme Court Road was evacuated when four wartime cannons were found on the Victoria Barracks site in Admiralty.

In September last year, 800 people were evacuated from North Point when a large war-era bomb was found.

Explosives from the World War II era are still found across the world, from Osaka to east London in a striking testament to the scale of the conflict.
 

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二戰日軍多次炮轟港島
18/11/2008


【本報訊】 二次世界大戰爆發時,日軍只以十八日的時間攻陷整個香港,有專家指出,日軍攻取香港期間,曾多次隔岸炮轟退守香港島的英軍,戰況激烈,故有未爆炸彈遺留及埋沒地底並不奇怪。

日本於一九四一年十二月八日向英國宣戰,隨即轟炸香港啟德機場,並揮軍由深圳開入新界,第四日已全面佔領新界及九龍半島,英軍退守港島。

翌日,兩軍隔岸炮戰,港島北被日軍猛烈炮擊,第十日,即十二月十七日,日軍勸降被拒,再炮轟港島,同時在北角登陸,與英軍短兵相接,至第十八日,即十二月二十五日,當時的港督楊慕琦向日軍簽署無條件投降,史稱「黑色聖誕節」。此後香港淪陷,進入三年零八個月日治慘痛時期。

全港地底可能有炸彈
軍事專家馬鼎盛指出,當年日軍勢如破竹佔領新界及九龍半島之後,在尖沙咀、京士柏一帶向港島發射炮彈,部分炮彈可能在投射之後沒有爆炸,遺留至今。

由於香港曾經歷戰爭,因此全港地底亦可能留有戰時炮彈,近兩年砵甸乍山、天后廟道及赤柱聖士提反書院亦曾發現戰時炸彈,因此當進行挖地建築時,需要特別留意,雖然炮彈埋藏地底數十年,但可能仍有爆炸威力,故要小心處理,以免造成傷害。
 

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Meet the heroes behind the 50-hour wartime bomb disposal operations in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post Excerpt
Feb 1, 2018

After two bomb disposal operations that lasted 50 hours in total over the past five days, the Hong Kong police unit responsible for disarming explosives can finally take a breather.

Fifteen officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD) worked through the night to defuse a 450kg (1,000lbs) wartime bomb uncovered on Wednesday at a building site in a busy commercial district of the city.

Wearing protective gear including suits weighing 30kg (70lbs) and 11kg helmets, the EOD officers worked in the cold and wet. They described the nearly 24-hour operation as “dirty, difficult and dangerous.”

“We couldn’t sleep. In such situations, the longer [the operation] takes, the more unstable [the bomb] is. That’s why we had to work as quickly and as safely as possible,” a haggard officer told the Post after the operation on Thursday.

To defuse the bombs, officers drilled holes in the metal casing, removed the explosives and burned them using a special igniter that capped the temperature at below 280 degrees Celsius (536 degrees Fahrenheit), according to senior EOD officer Tony Chow Shek-kin.

More : https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong...hind-50-hour-wartime-bomb-disposal-operations
 

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Hundreds of hotel guests, Sikh Temple worshippers evacuated after discovery of suspected wartime bomb in Hong Kong
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Hundreds of hotel guests and temple worshippers in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley are being evacuated following the discovery of a suspected wartime bomb.

Police said a worker uncovered a bomb at noon on Saturday at a construction site at Sikh Temple along Hau Tak Lane. A police source said the bomb was about 1.5 metres in length, and could take hours to handle. Officers were seen using sandbags to cover the device.

At 2.30pm, 154 guests at Emperor Hotel on Queen’s Road East were evacuated.

A senior police officer said guests in another two hotels along the same road could also be asked to clear the area.

The nearby Tang Siu Kin Hospital closed its gates as a precaution.

More : https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong...otel-guests-sikh-temple-worshippers-evacuated
 

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'Wartime bomb' find in Kai Tak triggers evacuation
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July 16, 2020




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More than 1,300 people were evacuated from a construction site in Kai Tak on Thursday afternoon after a suspected wartime bomb was unearthed there.

Police say its bomb disposal team has been dispatched to the site at the intersection of Concorde Road and Muk Yuen Street.

More than 1,200 construction workers were evacuated, and police say they told around 150 more to leave after they arrived.

More : 'Wartime bomb' find in Kai Tak triggers evacuation - RTHK
 

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Police dismantle 45kg US wartime bomb at Kai Tak
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July 17, 2020






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Police say they've safely disposed of a 45kg wartime bomb which could have caused "serious damage" to homes and transport facilities at the former Kai Tak airport site.

Bomb squad officers were called in on Thursday afternoon after the device was found at a construction site at the intersection of Concorde Road and Muk Yuen Street. About 2,000 local residents were evacuated.

The discovery forced the closure of the nearby Kai Tak MTR Station, which eventually reopened at 7am on Friday.

The bomb was identified as an American airborne bomb dating to the second world war. Police said it weighed about 100 pounds (45 kilogrammes)

The force said on Facebook that its bomb disposal team worked through the night to dismantle the device.

"The bomb was badly damaged and was in a dangerous and unstable condition. It could not be moved safely from the location," said Senior Superintendent Alick McWhirter.

More : Police dismantle 45kg US wartime bomb at Kai Tak - RTHK
 
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