Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 |
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LIHUE — Kauai Police gave the “all clear” Thursday night after a bomb scare in a Lihue neighborhood.
A two-story home on the corner of of Hili Street and Kepa Street, in the neighborhood of Ulu Mahi, was blocked off by police as early as 12:30 p.m., according to one neighbor.
An explosive specialist from the Transportation Security Administration initially responded to the scene and determined that it was a 60MM mortar.
Police evacuated the home and the neighboring properties and secured a safe perimeter while awaiting personnel from the Army’s 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to arrive from Schofield Barracks on Oahu.
The team arrived at the home shortly after 6 p.m. and utilized their equipment to determine that the mortar did not contain explosives.
The EOD disassembled and removed the device from the home.
The son of the homeowner, who is deceased, discovered the shell and called police about 10 a.m. The possible bomb was in the garage of the home, according to another neighbor.
A neighbor who lives four houses down and across the street said he was not worried about the incident.
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