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In Pictures: Area in Pokfulam evacuated as 225kg unexploded wartime bomb discovered metres from HKU dorms

A 225kg (500lb) bomb was discovered at around 10am on Monday on a construction site on Pokfulam Road near Middleton Towers, a dormitory for the staff at the University of Hong Kong.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Police sealed off the area within a 400 metre radius and evacuated at least 30 construction workers and 59 residents at Middleton Towers, Apple Daily reported.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

“This morning, our workers doing excavation work found a bomb… we’re not scared as we have confidence in Hong Kong police,” WK Szeto, the project site manager, told HKFP.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The Towers consist of 72 units and are home to staff of the University of Hong Kong and their family members.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Police said that the bomb, measuring one by one and a half metres, was manufactured in the United States.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Some residents were sent to the Lei Tung Community Hall. Bus stops along Pokfulam Road were suspended.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Agents from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau are studying whether to conduct a controlled explosion or move the bomb to another location.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Bus stops were suspended in the area as police closed a traffic lane.

In Pictures: Area in Pokfulam evacuated as 225kg unexploded wartime bomb discovered metres from HKU dorms