Police find explosives and weapons in Macau tourist street

Other News Materials 31 May 2008 13:19 (UTC +04:00)

Police in Macau Saturday carried out a controlled explosion after finding a cache of weapons and explosives in a popular tourist street, a radio report said.

Two grenades, a revolver, a knife and bag of explosives along with a timer were found in a hotel in the territory's so-called Souvenir Street in the heart of Macau's tourist district, dpa reported.

Police cordoned off the street temporarily and detonated the explosives, Hong Kong's government-run radio station RTHK said. There was no report of any arrests in connection with the incident.

There is no history of terrorist incidents in Macau, a former Portuguese colony which reverted to Chinese rule in 1999 and is best known for its casinos which draw gamblers from across Asia.

The densely-populated territory on the southern China coast, neighbouring Hong Kong, has seen rapid economic growth since 2003 when Las Vegas-owned casinos were allowed to open up.