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HPD: Investigation into ‘Suspicious Device’ Found at Charter School Continues

February 12, 2016, 10:57 AM HST
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badge 123The Hawai’i Police Department is continuing its investigation into an incident involving a suspicious device found at a charter school in Ka’u on Wednesday.

HPD said Wednesday that the incident took place at Ka’u Learning Academy after school officials found a suspicious device that resembled a “pipe bomb” in a nine-year-old’s backpack.

The nine-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing an explosive device and later released to a family member as the investigation continued.

Police say at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the United States Army’s Explosive Ordnance Detail from Oahu removed the suspicious device and took it to a safe location, where it was detonated.

Preliminary tests conducted were inconclusive as to the contents of the device.

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