Maui Police have closed off the parking lot of the Maui County Service Center because of suspected explosive devices discovered in one of the vehicles in the lot today. The alert was first reported around 1 p.m. Maui Police immediately closed East Kamehameha Avenue between Hobron Avenue and Alamaha Street after the suspicious , potentially deadly unexploded ordinance was discovered.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist are responding – The Department of Motor Vehicles and the back parking lot of the Maui Mall has been closed. This means that all County employees working in the service center have been told to evacuate as well as members of the public that were there for service center business.
The devices were said to be a mortar round and a grenade. Maui police have contacted the U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to secure the suspected explosives. That team had not arrived by 4:30 p.m., so no change in traffic status is expected anytime soon.
Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said that Maui police will be releasing more information later today about the circumstances regarding the devices and how they came to be in the Maui Mall parking lot.