"But how can you live and have no story to tell?" Fyodor Dostoevsky
Ever walked up Jardines Lookout to look down on sprawling Bomb Disposal Depot? This large facility fills the Mount Butler Quarry. Ever wondered why the site is so large? It has many buildings. But look a little closer. Things are not what they appear to be.
Protected by a state of art security system, with double fencing and motion detectors, the site is intimidating. Besides, many signs warn the public to keep out. You’d expect that given the site's apparent role as the home of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) of the Hong Kong Police.
The EOD Unit moved to the site in 2005. Before that EOD operated out of North Point Police Station. The unit had one floor of the police station. Why does the unit need all that space? That’s the first clue to something odd. The second clue is the two large bunker-like structures located centrally at the site. Each has a massive door. In fact, these structures house portals to an underground complex. An underground complex that houses Hong Kong’s two resident extraterrestrials.
Our story starts in Roswell in 1947. An alien spacecraft crashed in the area next to Roswell with extraterrestrial occupants. The survivors of the crash were housed in the secret US military facility at Area 51. This incident caused a crisis in the senior levels of world governments. Fearful of the psychological impact on mankind on realisation we are not alone, governments acted. They met in secret to agree protocols for handling alien landings, contact and related issues. The result was a secret protocol known as APRIL (Alien Protocol - Reception, Investigation and Living). That first agreement known as APRIL 1, remains in force.
Hong Kong entered the story on 28 February 1985. Residents of Wah Fu Estate, on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, observed something strange. A flying saucer type craft crossed over the estate. Sources now reveal that the craft crashed into the sea east of Lamma Island. The British Royal Navy had a patrol craft in the area. After seeing the crash, two alien lifeforms were pulled from the water.
The government acted to cover up the incident saying the residents were mistaken. The sightings was a weather balloon that escaped its mooring and drifted over the estate. Meanwhile, the rescued aliens were conveyed to the British Military hospital in secrecy and treated. Later, they were housed in a hastily-built containment facility on Stonecutters Island. British scientists studied the aliens, although attempts to communicate with them proved futile. One alien died in 1992.
With the 1997 handover to Chinese rule approaching, the fate of the alien was up for discussion. Applying the APRIL 1 protocol, the nation where the alien lands is to provide care. Britain argued that Hong Kong was under British jurisdiction at the time of the landing. Thus, has UK's responsibility. China objected. It argued it never recognised British sovereignty. So, the alien belonged to China. This dispute was the cause of much of the delay in the negotiations for the return to Chinese rule. Eventually, a compromise was reached. Hong Kong would keep custody of the alien, with both China and the UK having visiting rights.
Then in May 1996, the one remaining alien gave birth. This unexpected event meant a permanent home facility was needed.
In secret, work began at the old Mount Butler quarry. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Government decided that the Hong Kong Police would be responsible for the aliens. The Director of Immigration was approached about the role. He argued that the aliens had failed to clear an immigration point on arrival and should face prosecution.
The EOD unit provides the ideal cover. On 17 December 2005, with Hong Kong distracted by protests against the WTO, the aliens transferred to their new home.
Walkers using the nearby country park have reported unusual activity at the site. Dismissed as nonsense by the government, questions go unanswered. Approached for this article, the government failed to answer emails or telephoned questions.
Concerns are now raised after footage emerged of an alien escaping the facility.
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.