Police raided a deserted former Asia Television Limited (ATV) studio in Sai Kung last night, confiscating suspected explosives and arresting nine people at the site.

The Organised Crime and Triad Bureau sealed off and raided the premises at 10pm last night after receiving a tip off about the alleged illegal production of explosive there.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau, which is a unit within the police force specialising in tackling illegal explosive objects, entered the studio wearing protective gear and were seen detonating devices. The fire services were also on alert there.

Police wearing explosive protection gear
Police from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau wearing explosive protection gear. Photo: Apple Daily

The deserted ATV studio is located at Ho Chung village in Sai Kung. It was previously a major filming studio for the television station, but has been abandoned in recent years. ATV has moved production activities to its headquarters in Tai Po.

Police has not yet specified the amount of explosives confiscated at the site. A press conference on the raid will be held later today.

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