POLICE in Hong Kong have carried out a controlled explosion on a WWI grenade that was discovered in a shipment of potatoes.
The German-made device was discovered at the Calbee crisp-making factory on the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in Sai Kung province.
It arrived in a shipment of potatoes that had been delivered from France and is believed to have been unwittingly dug up before being shipped.
We detonated a German made WW1 hand grenade earlier this afternoon.
— Hong Kong Police Force (@hkpoliceforce) February 2, 2019
Despite its age, it was in an unstable condition as it had been discharged but had failed to detonate.
The Hong Kong Police Force shared footage of their Explosive Ordnance Disposal team detonating the device on Saturday afternoon.
The force confirmed no one was injured and praised the professionalism of its officers.