Those of us who metal detect will of course be familiar with the blank rounds which litter the countryside from British army training in the 80s. However, recently I have found fired bullets (not casings) around various spots in Hong Kong, near or on major hiking routes like the MacLehose trail, sometimes smack dab in the center of the path where hundreds of thousands of hikers have likely trodden.
My question is, did the British military use live ammunition in training drills around the hills of Hong Kong, or were live ammo drills confined to the firing range? If live ammo was used, how did the military ensure public safety? Were there any designated "training zones" (similar to the one at Castle Peak used by the PLA today) for live fire drills which no longer exist and are now open to the public? I'd imagine these training zones probably wouldn't include popular paths such as the MacLehose trail.
Ps. Do we have any veterans who have served in HK on this website?