When they realised what it was, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Bureau was called; the bomb was so unstable it had to be defused on the spot.
The operation took 10 hours; 4,000 people were evacuated. Had it gone off, it would have levelled an area of 200 square metres.
The bomb contained enough explosive to destroy a modern highrise building.
Mabel and I were walking past a food stall in Wan Chai when our noses were assaulted by a noxious odor. It filled the air; we couldn't get away from it. It smelled like a sewer line had exploded.
I asked her what they were cooking and she told me it is called stinky tofu; and people were lining up to eat the stuff!
Think of it as the Chinese version of limburger cheese.