Unidentified Kealia object not bomb

  • photo courtesy of PMRF Public Affairs

    U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team personnel and Sailors assigned to Pacific Missile Range Facility fill sandbags for use with removing the unidentified object reported at Kealia Beach in Kauai.

  • Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

    Buoy removed by U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team personnel from Kealia Beach on 19 December 2017.

KEALIA — It was a metal buoy, not an unexploded bomb, that has been rolling around at Kealia Beach over the last three days.

“We are glad to support the community and are pleased to know that the object was nothing more than a metal buoy,” said Pacific Missile Range Facility Executive Officer Commander Daniel Kimberly.

A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was dispatched from Oahu to Kauai to respond to the Monday report and started the search when they arrived Tuesday morning. PMRF and other agencies helped.

Due to shifting sand, high surf and difficult tide conditions, recovery efforts were delayed until 8:30 p.m. when low tide and favorable surf conditions appeared. The object, about 3 feet in diameter, was located about 9:30 p.m.

Anyone who finds an object believed to be an ordnance should call 911.

“They should not touch or try to move it,” said Robert Purdy, PMRF spokesman. “They should remain in the vicinity, a safe distance from the object, to assist arriving authorities in locating the item.”

  1. whodaguy December 21, 2017 6:51 am Reply

    I think I saw this play out on an episode of Gilligan’s Island…..

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