Two local men arrested for suspected chemical experimentation and possession of explosives in Wong Chuk Hang

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5th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) Two local men, aged 33 and 34, were apprehended by the Hong Kong police on Sunday (3rd) in Wong Chuk Hang near Nam Fung Road. The individuals were found in possession of weapons, including an axe, a sickle, and a hammer. Authorities believe that the men were engaged in the production and experimentation of homemade explosives using chemical materials. However, at this stage, there is no clear indication of their specific targets or intended actions. The arrested individuals will face charges related to the manufacture and possession of explosives.

During the operation, law enforcement officers discovered a concealed underground space near the mountainside, measuring approximately 1 meter by 0.5 meters by 0.5 meters deep. The entrance to the hideout was covered with wooden planks and camouflage waterproof fabric. Inside the underground space, a collection of homemade incendiary tools was found, including a makeshift furnace, metal containers with chimneys, and approximately 1 kilogram of chemical materials stored in containers.

Further investigation revealed a designated area near the hideout where experiments involving combustion were conducted. Additionally, used packaging bags for chemical substances were discovered at the scene. Preliminary examination by explosive disposal experts suggests that the chemical materials found on-site include components that can be used in the production of homemade explosives. It is believed that the two individuals had been hiding homemade tools or chemical substances in the mountainous area and conducting experiments involving combustion and explosions.

Subsequently, searches were conducted at the residences of the two men in Ap Lei Chau and Chai Wan. Approximately 30 kilograms of various types of chemical materials and substances were seized. Preliminary analysis revealed that some of the chemical materials could be used to produce different types of homemade explosives, such as TATP and ammonium nitrate-based explosives. Additionally, electronic scales, distillation equipment, laboratory apparatus, mobile phones, laptops, and notebooks containing information related to the manufacturing of explosives and chemical substances were confiscated. The two individuals, who claimed to be unemployed and electricians with no triad affiliations, were arrested on charges of manufacturing or possessing explosives.