Robot detonates suspected bomb in Prince EdwardLocal | 20 Oct 2019 9:03 pm
Police has deployed a bomb disposal robot to detonate a suspected bomb in Prince Edward.
Around 6pm, a suspected bomb was found outside Lui Seng Chun on Lai Chi Kok Road.
The suspected weapon with wire connections and covered by a paper box was placed in the middle of the lanes.
Police immediately cordoned off the area before officers from the police explosive ordnance disposal bureau arrived at the scene.
At 6.20pm, police deployed its bomb disposal robot to tackle the suspected explosive item.
The robot, which looks like a miniature vehicle with six wheels and an extendable arm atop it, stretched its arm forward and set the suspected bomb off with a loud bang but no sparks came off.
It was the first time for the police to use the robot during the four-month unrest.
Earlier in the afternoon, police's water cannon vehicle shot blue water along Nathan Road to chase after protesters escaping from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok.
They set road blocks and set fires in Yau Ma Tei in Mong Kok, as well as vandalized banks, shops and MTR stations. Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired in Mong Kok.
Petrol bombs were thrown at Tsim Sha Tsui and Sham Shui Po police stations.