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Over 2,000 evacuated as WWII bomb found in HK

HONG KONG--More than 2,000 people were evacuated and roads closed in central Hong Kong Thursday after a World War II bomb weighing almost a ton was discovered in a construction site, police said.

The giant U.S. Navy bomb was found by workers in the upscale Happy Valley district — home to Hong Kong's famous horse racing track.

An officer at the scene said bomb disposal experts would need several hours to remove the explosives from the bomb casing.

"If it went off accidentally it would cause serious damage. Buildings could collapse," Yuen Hon-wing, a senior bomb disposal officer at the scene, told reporters.

"Residents in the area, including guests from hotels, have been evacuated. Some roads are temporarily closed," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

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