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Ordnance in Hawaiian Acres Found to Be Inert

May 29, 2012, 7:39 PM HST
* Updated May 31, 11:06 AM
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An “inert ordnance” closed Road 9 in Hawaiian Acres near the top entrance to Ainaloa Subdivision for nearly five hours while the Army’s Explosive Ordinance Detail (EOD) traveled from Honolulu to determine whether the ordnance posed any danger, according to the Hawai’i Police Department.

A citizen who reported the ordnance had kept it for an unknown amount of time on his property in Hawaiian Acres before deciding that he no longer wanted it, so he called authorities at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. According to Sgt. Dayne Bolos of the Hawaii Police Department, the unidentified person carried the round from his residence over to Ainaloa Boulevard between Stardust St. and Road 9. Bolos told Big Island Now Tuesday night that authorities met the individual and instructed him to place the ordnance on the shoulder of the road and to allow authorities to handle the situation from there.

Police sent out a release at approximately 2:17 p.m. Tuesday saying that Road 9 in Hawaiian Acres was closed near the top entrance to Ainaloa Subdivision, but did not say initially why the road had been shut down. A spokesperson told Big Island Now several hours later that the road was closed because of the discovery of what was described as an “unexploded ordnance.” No description of the ordnance was given.

The Army’s EOD unit arrived just after 6:00 p.m., according to Sgt. Bolos, and determined that the ordnance that was found was an old, large caliber military round that had not exploded. The unit deemed that the ordnance was inert, and took posession of the round so they could properly dispose of it.

The road that was blocked off was a rural street with no homes in the area, according to Bolos, so no homes needed to be evacuated while the ordnance was investigated. Authorities have classified the case as a miscellaneous public report.

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