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10776408 3x2 940x627The WWI German grenade, believed to have been dug up accidentally in France during the potato harvest, is detonated by Hong Kong police. No casualties were reported.

WWI grenade found in French potato shipment to Hong Kong 

via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation web site

Hong Kong police have reportedly detonated a grenade they say was sent to a chip factory in a batch of French-grown potatoes.

 105461031 hi052073606The WWI German grenade seen here in Hong Kong is believed to have been left in a trench in France during World War I and accidentally gathered up with potatoes planted a century later in the former battlefield.The German-made World War I grenade was found in a batch of fresh potatoes shipped from France, according to the South China Morning Post.

The news outlet reported that the explosive was believed to have been buried in a field before accidentally being unearthed, along with harvested potatoes.

It was packed in with them and sent to Hong Kong, the report said.

It was discovered while going through one of the factory's potato processing machines.

It was the second grenade to be found in Hong Kong within a week.

Bomb disposal officers and firefighters cordoned off the area before detonating the grenade on Saturday morning.

The Hong Kong Police Force tweeted that the detonation took place at the TKO Industrial Estate in eastern Sai Kung district on Saturday.

Read the entire article (and watch the explosion) on the ABC web site here:

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