US Navy ANM66 bomb, the largest ever WWII bomb was successfully dismantled

Feb 8, 2014 11:11 IST

Hong Kong police on 7 February 2014 successfully dismantled the largest ever found World War II bomb. The bomb was found in the city at the construction site, which was discovered on 6 February 2014. It was unearthed near a Sikh Temple, residential housing and hotels. The police evacuated 2260 people from the construction site.

The US Navy ANM66 bomb of nearly one tonne in weight was discovered by the building workers in the Happy Valley District, near the city’s famous downtown racing track. The bomb disposal experts took a time of 15 hours to remove the live explosives from the bomb.

The bomb weighed 900 kilograms and more than five meters long. Its diameter was two feet and it is believed that the bomb was dropped by US forces in 1945. As per the Police, the time was taken because the explosives inside the bomb were sensitive and they needed to cut the shell in a low temperature environment.

Hong Kong was a former colony of British and it saw a fierce fight in December 1941 against the invasion of Japanese, who occupied it until 1945.

Earlier, similar type of British shell was detonated in November 2013 in a controlled explosion at the Peak. Similar unexploded wartime ordnances are routinely found in the southern Chinese city.

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