Wong Nai Chung Gap Road in Hong Kong near where the grenades were found. Photo: Google Maps

Five World War II-era hand grenades were found near Wong Nai Chung Gap Road in Tai Tam on Hong Kong Island on Wednesday.

A 25-year-old Frenchman, nicknamed the “bomb hunter” and known only as Edward, found three of the grenades by using a metal detector on a hillside near the Hong Kong Cricket Club, the Sing Tao Daily reported.

He reported the find to police and a team of ordnance experts were sent to the scene, where they found another two grenades. The grenades were identified as the Japanese-made type 97, which had been left there by Japanese troops during World War II.

At 4pm, bomb disposal police detonated the devices. No evacuations were needed as the location was 300 meters from the main road, the Oriental Daily reported. The “bomb hunter” also found a grenade on Tai Tam Reservoirs Road last Thursday.

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