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A 2,000-pound unexploded bomb from World War II was found at a construction site in Hong Kong Thursday, prompting the evacuation of several hotels, state and local media reported.

Construction workers found the bomb while they were digging an underground section for a new hotel, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

A reporter from the South China Morning Post, based in Hong Kong, tweeted that the device was found in Happy Valley, an upper-income area of Hong Kong island.

Xinhua said a cordon had been put up at the site, where the Emperor Group is building a new hotel, and a bomb disposal team was on its way.