Ma On Shan, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A live World War II-era mortar bomb was found on a stream bed in Ma On Shan in Hong Kong’s New Territories on Wednesday. At 10am, a worker at China Light and Power discovered a bomb-like object near Chevalier Garden on Mui Tsz Lam Road, reported.

The worker reported the find to police and officers arrived at the scene with bomb-disposal experts and took safety precautions.

The roads in the neighborhood were cordoned off. At 4pm, the bomb was detonated safely by experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau.

The 81mm mortar was 30 centimeters long, and was believed to have been left by the British Army during its defense of Hong Kong against the Japanese invasion during World War II, Apple Daily reported.